Watch Sen. Kamala Harris respond to media criticism that Congressional Black Caucus didn't applaud Trump's mention of low black unemployment

Watch Sen. Kamala Harris respond to media criticism that Congressional Black Caucus didn't applaud Trump's mention of low black unemployment

Harris: "He should have said, 'Thank you, President Obama,' because truly what happened is that it was because of the priorities of the previous administration"

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From the January 30 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

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JAKE TAPPER (HOST): There was an interesting moment during the speech, when President Trump mentioned that black unemployment is at its lowest level in years, which is true. And the cameras cut to the shot of the Congressional Black Caucus, the members were sitting, most of them were not applauding. Can you help explain that to viewers who might not understand why so few people were applauding that notion, that black unemployment is down so much?

KAMALA HARRIS: Well, I didn't -- I wasn't watching on TV. I was there in person, and I'll tell you that many people, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, were not applauding.

And probably because we all know that the way he should have made that statement is that at the end of that statement, he should have said, "Thank you, President Obama," because truly what happened is that it was because of the priorities of the previous administration that we saw a five-point drop in unemployment among the black population of the United States, and that trend has continued -- but frankly, actually, last year by only one percent.

So I'm sure that had a lot to do with the response, by people who actually know what happened, and what led to it.

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