- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 9, 2019

BET co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Robert Johnson said Tuesday that President Trump deserves credit for a “great” economy and low black unemployment.

Mr. Johnson, who became America’s first black billionaire in 2000 after he sold BET to Viacom, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that while he doesn’t always agree with Mr. Trump’s leadership style, he thinks that the American people are “looking for someone who can deliver economically and deliver on opportunities,” and the president has done just that.

“I think the economy is doing absolutely great, and it’s particularly reaching into populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs, unemployment and the opportunities that come with full employment, so African-American unemployment is at its lowest level,” Mr. Johnson said.

“I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans,” he said. “I think the tax cuts clearly helped stimulate the economy. I think business people have a little bit more confidence in the way the economy is going, and I think it’s beginning to have some impact globally.”

Mr. Johnson, a longtime Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said the Democratic Party running up to the 2020 election has moved “too far to the left” for his liking.

“And for that reason, I don’t [support] a particular candidate in the party at this time,” he said. “I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person, he or she, will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that.”

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