In a tweet, the president said: "black unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!".
African-American unemployment stands at 6.8%, a record low. But critics say economic growth started under former President Barack Obama and unemployment remains far higher among the black population than the white.
President Trump Hits Back At Singer Jay-Z Over 'Superbug' Comments
Appearing on CNN's The Van Jones Show, the 48-year-old rapper said focusing on unemployment rates was "missing the point".
It's not about money at the end of the day…money doesn't equate to happiness. It doesn't. That's missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings...that's the main point.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
He then said that Trump's election was due to a failure to properly address certain problems.
You have sprayed perfume on the trash can. What you do when you do that is the bugs come. You spray something and you create a superbug because you don't take care of the problem.
You don't take the trash out, you keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable. As those things grow, you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.
Jay-Z supported Barack Obama during his presidency and spoke out in favor of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election that Donald Trump won.
He was also asked about the president's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations.
It's disappointing and hurtful. Everyone feels anger. After the anger, it's really hurtful because he's like looking down on a whole population of people.
But Trump has denied accusations he is racist.