Wed, Mar. 22, 2017: Trump meets with Congressional Black Caucus

On Wednesday, six members of the Congressional Black Caucus leadership team went to the White House and challenged President Trump on the very question he frequently posed to African-American voters on the campaign trail: “What do you have to lose?”

Led by CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the members presented and laid out the stakes in a rebuttal of a policy document entitled, “We Have A Lot To Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.” In the hour-long meeting, which began in the cabinet room and moved into the Oval Office, the discussion ranged from community policing to health care, from voting rights to mass incarceration.

Rep. Richmond described the afternoon conference as “a meeting where both sides listened” but were also “very candid about disagreements.”

“The surprising part is when we talked about the goals; there were more similarities than differences,” the congressman added in a presser that followed. “The route to get there is where you may see differences. Part of that is just education and life experiences. ”

Attending the session were members of the CBC executive board, Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Anthony Brown (D-Md.) along with Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who holds the position of Assistant Leader in the House.

“The surprising part is when we talked about the goals; there were more similarities than differences,” the congressman added in a presser that followed. “The route to get there is where you may see differences. Part of that is just education and life experiences. ”

Attending the session were members of the CBC executive board, Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Anthony Brown (D-Md.) along with Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who holds the position of Assistant Leader in the House.

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