Trump just credited Kanye West for his rising approval rating with African-Americans

  • President Donald Trump credited rapper Kanye West for his rising approval rating with African-Americans as he spoke at the National Rifle Association convention on Friday.
  • "By the way, Kanye West must have some power, because you probably saw I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 in one week, thank you Kanye," Trump said.
  • Last week, West proclaimed his "love" for Trump on Twitter and tweeted a selfie of himself wearing one of the president's red "Make America Great Again" hats.

President Donald Trump credited rapper Kanye West for his rising approval rating with African-Americans as he spoke at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday.

"By the way, Kanye West must have some power, because you probably saw I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 in one week, thank you Kanye," Trump said.

The president joked that even the pollsters must have thought there was some kind of a mistake. 

Trump seemed to be referencing a weekly tracking poll from Reuters that showed his approval rating among black men rise from 11% to 22% during the final week of April. 

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West(C) arrives at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 as US President-elect Donald Trump continues to hold meetings in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West (C) arrives at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 as US President-elect Donald Trump continues to hold meetings in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak to the press after their meeting at Trump Tower on December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump arrive to speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump arrive to speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump leave the elevator after their meeting at Trump Tower on December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West arrives at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 as US President-elect Donald Trump continues to hold meetings in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West(C) arrives at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 as US President-elect Donald Trump continues to hold meetings in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump arrive to speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Kanye West arrives at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Last week, West proclaimed his "love" for Trump on Twitter and tweeted a selfie of himself wearing one of the president's red "Make America Great Again" hats. Trump promptly thanked the rapper for his praise.

West also criticized former President Barack Obama, tweeting "nothing in Chicago changed" during his tenure. Both West and Obama are from Chicago. 

West's apparent affinity for the president has been widely criticized, though a number of prominent figures on the far-right have applauded him.

The controversial rapper generated particularly strong levels of public outrage on Tuesday after an interview with TMZ in which he suggested slavery in the US had been "a choice." 

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U.S. President Donald Trump makes a fist as he addresses the National Rifle Association (NRA) Convention in Dallas, Texas U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Wayne LaPierre, executive VP of the NRA, applaud from the stage at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S. May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A page of notes is seen in U.S. President Donald Trump's hand as he speaks at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S. May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A man takes aim with a Taurus revolver at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
U.S. President Donald Trump greets executive vice president of the NRA Wayne LaPierre and Donald Trump Jr. at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Convention in Dallas, Texas U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures before he speaks at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S. May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Attendees sing the national anthem at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S. May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North speaks during the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum during the NRA annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Friday, May 4, 2018. President�Donald Trump�delivered a strong sign of support for the National Rifle Association at its annual meeting on Friday, as gun-rights advocates regroup in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump arrives speak at the NRA's annual convention on May 4, 2018 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S. May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, speaks during the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum during the NRA annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Friday, May 4, 2018. President�Donald Trump�delivered a strong sign of support for the National Rifle Association at its annual meeting on Friday, as gun-rights advocates regroup in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum during the NRA annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Friday, May 4, 2018. Trump�delivered a strong sign of support for the National Rifle Association at its annual meeting on Friday, as gun-rights advocates regroup in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees walk past a sign at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association (NRA) Convention in Dallas, Texas U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Executive vice president of the NRA Wayne LaPierre and Donald Trump Jr. attend the National Rifle Association (NRA) Convention in Dallas, Texas U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump (L), is applauded by NRA executive director Chris Cox and NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre (R), after speaking at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S. May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
People listen as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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