Campaigning from the Oval Office: Trump brags about ‘What I’ve done for the African-American’
Donald Trump speaks from The White House Oval Office (CNN/screen grab)

"We have fantastic relationships with the African-American community, certainly you're going to see that in 2020," Trump, in permanent campaign mode, says.


President Donald Trump on Monday was actively campaigning while sitting in the Oval Office during a visit with a foreign head of government. While not illegal, campaigning from within the White House is considered inappropriate, and previous presidents, like George W. Bush, have been pilloried for doing so.

During a lengthy (more than 40 minutes) and wide-ranging televised presser with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, President Trump casually began talking about the 2020 campaign, and bragging about all he's "done for the African-American."

After attacking the four Democratic congresswomen who are also women of color he's targeted for over a week now, Trump insisted "there's no racial tension."

"Look, I had my best numbers recently and it's because of the economy and what I've done for the African-American. The African-Americans are doing better than they ever have in our country. We're creating numbers. Look at the poverty numbers. Look at the unemployment numbers – the best they've ever had," Trump said. "We have fantastic relationships with the African-American community, certainly you're going to see that in 2020," the President said from the Oval Office, in active campaign mode.

The President's phrasing was reminiscent of him bragging about "my African American," when pointing out a Black supporter at a 2016 campaign rally.

Trump's relationship with the African American community is far different than the one he portrays. He currently is enmeshed in a battle of his own making, after his racist attacks on four progressive Democrats.

Pew Research study in April found 56% think President Trump "has made race relations worse," and "two-thirds say it’s become more common for people to express racist views since Trump became president.