Cummings Disputes Trump Claim He Backed Off From White House Meeting

Feb 17, 2017, 00:31
Cummings Disputes Trump Claim He Backed Off From White House Meeting

The musings came in response to a question about whether Trump would meet with the Congressional Black Caucus - of which Cummings is a high-profile member - to discuss inner-city crime.

President Donald Trump's confrontational nature led to a combative and slightly racially offensive exchange with a reporter during a White House press conference on Thursday. Ryan asked the following question: "Are you going to include the CBC [Congressional Black Caucus], Mr. President, in your conversations with your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as-".

When Ryan referred to the caucus as the "CBC", Trump seemed confused as to whom Ryan was referring.

"Are they friends of yours?"

For what it's worth, both the CBC and Cummings' office have denied that they are attempting to avoid meeting with Trump.

The Congressional Black Caucus also responded, "Hi, @realDonaldTrump", We're the CBC. I think it's great, the Congressional Black Caucus.

After the press conference, Ms Ryan addressed the racially charged incident on Twitter. He was probably told - he was probably told "don't meet with Trump".

Cummings told POLITICO last week that he meant to meet with Trump to discuss prescription drug prices.

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"Well, I would", Trump interrupted.

"He wanted it, but we called, called, called and can't make a meeting with him".

"I was all set to have the meeting", he said. I'll tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?

Cummings, the top-Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee responding by arguing that Trump's characterization was "made up" and that he hopes the meeting - focused on the price of prescription drugs - will still happen.

'He was probably told by Schumer or somebody like that - some other lightweight - he was probably told: "Don't meet with Trump, it's bad politics",' the president said. "I do want to solve the problem".

'I was actually looking forward to meeting with the President about the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs, ' he continued, shifting the focus to a pet issue. Ryan asked after he said he'd look "very hard" at education, health care, and other plans.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Trump invoked residents that live in areas where they "lock themselves in apartments petrified to leave in the middle of the day".