Robert L. Johnson told CNBC on Monday that African-Americans should give Trump “the benefit of the doubt,” and hope agreements can be established with the Republican administration addressing issues facing the black community.
The founder of BET met with Trump on Sunday at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. He stated that the discussion was a “great chat” about “business solutions to social problems.” Although Johnson had supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the election, he told Trump, “The real question you should be asking is what African-Americans have to gain from your presidency.”
“Trump is a business guy, and I think he’s going to tilt towards finding a way to use fiscal policy to move the economy forward,” he said. “Let’s give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, see if we can find common ground.” “That’s what’s best for African-Americans,” Johnson added.
Johnson quoted Congressional Black Caucus member Bill Clay Sr., a Missouri Democrat that served over three decades in the House saying, “Black Americans should have no permanent friends, and no permanent enemies, just permanent interests.” “That’s where African-American voters should be” Johnson contended, disregarding all the skepticism the community has against Trump and the republicans. African-Americans have “permanent interests,” he said.