Despite his electoral victory, President Donald Trump has had a lot of trouble with minority outreach. His latest attempt was yet another embarrassing misstep for the Trump White House.
Mother Jones reports that during a recent press conference, April Ryan, an African-American reporter for American Urban Radio Network, asked the president if he would be willing to sit down with members of the Congressional Black Caucus in order to discuss his plans to help inner.
In response, the president said:
‘Well I would. Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours? Set up the meeting!’
In the wake of this rather odd exchange, Ryan appeared on MSNBC to discuss the conversation she had with President Trump. During the interview, Ryan pointed out that she is a reporter, not a congressional aide. It is not her job to set-up meetings between the President and members of Congress.
‘I’m not a facilitator, I’m not a convener. I am a White House correspondent. I am a reporter—a journalist.’
However, Ryan did note she has spoken with several members of the CBC and said that they are eager to meet with Trump and discuss the issues facing America’s inner cities and other aspects of Trump’s agenda.
In fact, shortly after the news conference, the CBC’s official Twitter account tweeted that they had sent a letter to the president, but had never heard back.
— Black Caucus (@OfficialCBC) February 16, 2017
During her appearance on MSNBC, Ryan noted that she would be more than happy to cover such a meeting as a reporter, but once again stressed that she would not facilitate any such meeting.
‘I will not convene, facilitate, nothing’
The fact that Trump asked a reporter to set up a meeting between him and members of Congress is more than a little strange. He’s the president. If he wants to meet with members of Congress then we’re certain they’d be willing to meet with him. Beyond that, the fact that he ignored the CBC’s letter shows that he’s not overly concerned with meeting with the CBC, but perhaps we’ll see some movement on this in the coming days.
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