Cummings Disputes Trump Claim He Backed Off From White House Meeting

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference Thursday Feb. 16 2017 in the East Room of the White House in Washington

President Trump asked a black reporter if the members of the Congressional Black Caucus are "friends of yours", pressing her on whether she would set up a meeting with them for him.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings swatted away President Trump's claim that the Baltimore Democrat wouldn't meet with him after repeated calls from the White House.

"I would love to meet with the black caucus", President Trump responded, "I think it's great". Ryan is black. "Are they friends of yours?"

"I also sincerely have no idea why the president made this claim in response to an unrelated question about the Congressional Black Caucus", he said.

Other than Ryan's being a black woman, what would make President Trump think that a black woman had any affiliation with the CBC? Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices - a concept that Cummings says Trump has supported.

President Trump picked which reporter he'd call on next at his press conference Thursday based on their level of friendliness. He was probably told - he was probably told "don't meet with Trump". Cummings himself said the meeting was never called off, merely postponed for reasons having nothing to do with partisan politics. "I am sure members of the CBC can answer these questions for themselves".

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"I'll tell you what", he said, interrupting her.

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

Trump kicked things off by bragging about how productive he has been draining the White House swamp and filling it with toxic billionaire sludge monsters like Rex Tillerson and Betsy DeVos in his cabinet. "Set up the meeting".

"Every White House has someone to deal with this kind of meeting", she told Baldwin. "I am the least anti-semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life", he told reporters. I was actually looking forward to meeting with the President about the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs.

'We are going to be working very hard on the inner cities having to do with education, having to do with crime, ' he pledged.

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