Trump is of the same opinion to fulfill with the Congressional Black Caucus after a press convention flub.


Posted on: February 25, 2017

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On Jan. 19, the Congressional Black Caucus despatched Trump a letter. On Feb. 16, he answered.

There were loads of highlights (and lowlights) from Trump's wild first solo press convention as president, but one second in specific stood out.

Trump known as on April Ryan, a reporter for American City Radio Networks, who requested if Trump deliberate to encompass the Congressional Black Caucus in discussions surrounding Trump's "inner metropolis agenda."

"Well, I would. I inform you what, do you are looking to hooked up the assembly?" responded Trump. "Do you are looking to hooked up the assembly? Are they chums of yours? Set up the assembly. Let's go. Set up a gathering."

While Ryan recounted that she does know probably the most individuals of the CBC, she's a reporter, and developing conferences between individuals of Congress and the president isn't her job — at all.

What makes the whole condition even more weird is the proven fact that the CBC has been attempting to set up a gathering with the president, even sending him a letter ultimate month.

They took to the president's favourite medium, Twitter, to present a reminder.

The neighborhood's 5-page letter, offers a degree-by-point response to the "New Deal for Black The USA" that Trump touted all over the crusade, calling his plan "the same ancient 'Trickle Down' economics assumptions that didn’t work for our communities within the 1980’s or within the 2000’s when these failed experiments have been tried earlier than."

Still, the CBC indicated an activity in assembly with the president, ending the letter with a "sincere hope that [he] will settle for this invitation to interact in an earnest effort to work collectively on these considerations."

As Trump has a tendency to do, he positioned blame on somebody else. In this case, CBC member and eleven-term Congressman Elijah Cummings.

"I in fact concept I had a gathering with Congressman Cummings," Trump referred to. "And he changed into all excited after which he referred to, ‘Well, I can’t circulation, it may be unhealthy for me politically. I can’t have that assembly.’ I changed into all set to have that assembly. We known as him and known as him and he changed into all set. ... But he was likely informed: ‘Don’t meet with Trump. It’s unhealthy politics.’ And that’s a part of the issue with this nation."

According to Cummings, that never took place. "I have no theory why President Trump would make up a narrative about me like he did these days," he told the Washington Publish.

Photo with the aid of Mark Wilson/Getty Photographs.

The entire stumble upon changed into a sight to behold, but at least anything good looks to be popping out of it: The CBC is finally getting its assembly with Trump.

And sure, it changed into April Ryan who pronounced the story (it all comes full circle).

“For some thing cause, the letter the Congressional Black Caucus despatched to then President-elect Trump and incoming White Condominium officers on January 19 changed into not adequate to get their consideration,” Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-Louisiana) said in an announcement obtained with the aid of The Hill. "Since the White Condominium has reached out in an acceptable method to request a gathering with the caucus, I am now in discussions with them about surroundings one up."

While this situation looks to have resolved itself, this isn't a great search for Trump, who has a under stellar listing on race-related considerations (to say the least).

Earlier this month, he delivered a bizarre Black Historical past Month remark that blanketed some bragging about his electoral victory (Trump acquired just an estimated eight% of the African-American vote) as neatly as a shoutout to Frederick Douglass, who Trump referred to, "is an instance of someone who’s done a great job and is getting diagnosed further and further, I word." (It's not absolutely clear no matter if Trump realized that Douglass has been useless for extra than one hundred twenty years.)

Trump grants his Black Historical past Month remark. Photo with the aid of Michael Reynolds/Getty Photographs.

Even in case you set these apart as rhetorical flubs, there's a sample of Trump lumping all black American citizens together in a single homogeneous neighborhood and suggesting that they all are living in "inner cities." This variety of stereotyping is wrong, it's offensive, and it doesn't aid assist Trump's personal fact that he is the "least racist grownup" you've ever considered.

So yeah, meeting with black leaders in Congress is a delivery. Let's hope he actually hears what they need to say.

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