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Congressional Black Caucus Declines Invitation To Meet With Trump

Congressional Black Caucus Declines Invitation To Meet With Trump

Congressional Black Caucus Declines Invitation To Meet With Trump

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The Congressional Black Caucus has refused Donald Trump’s invitation for a second meeting.

On Wednesday afternoon the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) released a statement responding to Trump’s invitation for a second meeting. CBC Chair Cedric L. Richmond wrote that the organization had declined on Trump’s invitation, stating that “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.”

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The statement lists eight different correspondences from the CBC that Trump’s administration failed to respond to, while also highlighting the actions that resulted in the organization turning down Trump’s meeting, including Secretary Betsy DeVos failing to protect students being discriminated against as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions failing to protect the civil rights of Americans.

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“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 concluded. “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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