February 22, 2019 12:35 am

Trump promises to expand opportunity for Americans of all races in Black History Month speech

WATCH: President Donald Trump met with Black community leaders to honour the start of Black History Month on Wednesday, and took the opportunity to renew his war with the media.


President Donald Trump is pledging to expand opportunity for Americans of every race, religion and creed as he commemorates Black History Month.

Speaking to hundreds Thursday at a White House reception, Trump boasted about the economy and said the unemployment rate for African-Americans is at its “lowest ever.”

WATCH: White House says Trump trying to fix unemployment for ‘all Americans’ (2018) 

Black unemployment did reach a low, 5.9 percent, in May 2018. But that figure changes monthly and had increased to 6.8 percent by January.

Trump also touted passage of a criminal justice reform bill in December. He says the nation’s sentencing laws disproportionately “harm African-American communities far, far greater than anybody else.”

Catherine Toney, one of the first inmates released through the bill’s passage, thanked Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner for their efforts as the crowd applauded in approval.

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