BET Founder After Trump Meeting: Black Americans Should Give the President-elect a Shot

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Monday  on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Bob Johnson said after a Sunday meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, with President-elect Donald Trump that African-Americans should give the incoming president “a shot and give him the benefit of the doubt.” Discussing how the meeting was set up, Johnson said, “You know how these things happen, a friend calls a friend and they say, you know, Bob, President-elect Trump would like to meet with you to talk about how he can better reach out to the African-American community, and I said, that’s a positive sign, so I accepted the invitation. We had a great chat. The most important thing that came out of the meeting, he and I agreed, and if you recall in the election, he asked what do African-Americans have to lose, and I said President-elect Trump, the real question is what do they have to gain by your presidency? And he said you are right, we should talk aspirational, and we should talk about things you believe are important for African-Americans and I want to have that dialogue and that’s what we talked about.” He added, “I have known