On June 9, “The Honorable Omarosa Manigault” invited the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for a second meeting with her boss, President Donald Trump. Yesterday (June 21), the CBC issued its response via the president’s favorite mode of communication:
— The CBC (@OfficialCBC) June 21, 2017
The three-page response makes it very clear that the CBC is not at all interested in meeting with the Administration. The letter not only declines the invitation, but enumerates the reasons why the group thinks the Administration is harmful for Black people, from education cuts to Attorney General Jeff Session’s revival of the War on Drugs to the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. From the letter, which is signed by chair Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA):
Given the lack of response to any of the many 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. 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.
Read the full response here.