Congressional Black Caucus, led by U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, declines Trump's request for meeting

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The executive board of the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in March. The group now has formally rejected a Trump administration request for another meeting. - THE WHITE HOUSE/BENJAMIN APPLEBAUM
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  • The executive board of the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in March. The group now has formally rejected a Trump administration request for another meeting.

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a group of 49 lawmakers led by New Orleans-area U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, today formally rejected a 12-day-old request from President Donald Trump to meet with the president.

According to POLITICO:
Lawmakers in the 49-member group each received an invitation last week from Omarosa Manigault, the-reality-TV-star-turned-White-House-aide who has pitched herself as an unofficial liaison to the CBC.

“As requested by the president, we would like to schedule a follow-up meeting with the entire membership of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss issues pertinent to your members,” Manigault wrote in the invitation, obtained by POLITICO.

But multiple CBC members said they were put off that she signed the invitation as “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” saying she hasn’t earned that title nor has she helped raise the profile of CBC issues within the White House as promised.
In a three-page letter rebuffing Trump's request, Richmond cited "actions that cause legitimate alarm among members of this caucus and the millions of Americans we represent," including the administration's positions on "the failed war on drugs," mass incarceration and funding for HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). Richmond also cited eight letters from the CBC to the administration that he said went unanswered.

The POLITICO story also cited unnamed sources saying "members are worried the request for a caucus-wide meeting would amount to little more than a photo op that the president could use to bolster his standing among African-Americans."

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