The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s invitation for the 49-member group to join him at the White House for a meeting, citing his unresponsiveness on previous attempts at policy engagement as proof that Trump isn’t interested in working with the members beyond a photo op.
In a letter posted on Twitter, the caucus explains that it won’t be a part of Trump’s “social gathering.”
— Black Caucus (@OfficialCBC) June 21, 2017
Despite repeated attempts to communicate with the White House, “we have seen no evidence that your Administration acted on our calls for action,” Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the caucus’s chairman, wrote. “It has become abundantly clear that a conversation with the entire CBC would not be entirely productive.”
The line in Richmond’s statement was a reference to the CBC’s statements in March urging Trump in a meeting to focus on black issues after the president asked the black community “what do you have to lose” during a speech.
“We have a lot to lose,” Richmond said in March following the meeting, which included Vice President Mike Pence Trump and Trump senior adviser Omarosa Manigault.
SOURCE: JOHN BOWDEN