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Congressional Black Caucus Declines Invitation For a Meeting from President Trump

Congressional Black Caucus turns down Trump invite, says concerns are falling on deaf ears.

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On a statement released by the Congressional Black Caucus responding to President Trump’s invitation for a second meeting with Trump, chairman Cedric L. Richmond confirmed that the organization did not wish to hold a second meeting with the president.


The statement by the youngest CBC chairman of all time, Cedric Richmond, 31, cited the actions of the Trump administration after the first meeting as the cause of declined the second meeting invitation: “While we agreed to explore possible future discussion when we first met, it has become abundantly clear that a conversation with the entire CBC would not be entirely productive, given the actions by your Administration since our first meeting,” The statement Read.

The statement goes ahead to list eight different correspondences from the CBC that Trump’s administration failed to work on, while also highlighting the actions that resulted in the organization turning down Trump’s meeting, which includes the failure of Secretary Betsy DeVos to protect students being discriminated against as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions failing to protect the civil rights of Americans. Both Secretary Betsy and the Attorney General Sessions have been in the limelight before for failing to protect the ideologies that their offices are supposed to stand for with Sessions nomination for the Attorney General office sparking a lot of controversies earlier this year for allegedly taking part in racially motivated actions.

“Given the lack of response to any of the main concerns we have raised with you and your Administration, we decline your invitation for all 49 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to meet with you,” Richmond expressed.

“The CBC and the millions of people we represent have a lot to lose under your Administration. I fail to see how a social gathering would benefit the policies we advocate for. The CBC will always be willing to engage in discussion and debate about policies and programs that will make America a more perfect union for all.”

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