BET Founder Calls on Black Americans to 'Give Donald Trump a Shot'
Robert L. Johnson, the founder of cable network BET, said he believes African-Americans should give President-elect Donald Trump "a shot."
Johnson, a Democrat and the founder of RLJ Companies, said he had a "great dialogue" with Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief of staff Reince Priebus.
Johnson was seen Sunday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he met with the president-elect.
Johnson, who ran BET until 2006, told CNBC that he believes African-Americans "can find common ground" with Trump.
He explained that black Americans shouldn't view Trump as a friend or an enemy, advising them to see how his policies affect their "permanent interests" and then decide.
"Congressman Bill Clay of Missouri said when the Congressional Black Caucus was founded, that black American should have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests. With the Trump administration, that’s the philosophy we should take and we should not lock ourselves in one part or the other," he said, adding that the country "needs somebody that is going to lead it and not somebody who is going to force us to choose sides."
He ended by calling on his fellow African-Americans to take a wait-and-see approach to the 45th president.
"Let’s give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and see if we can find common ground. And I think that’s in the best interest of African-Americans."
Watch his comments above.