Cummings Disputes Trump Claim He Backed Off From White House Meeting

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Trump said had tried to set up a meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), a member of the caucus.

The Congressional Black Caucus invited President Trump to meet in January, but the President never responded to their invitation - a lapse the commander-in-chief appeared to completely forget during his rambling press conference Thursday.

Ryan said on MSNBC that she would be happy to cover such a meeting between Trump and the CBC as a reporter. Ryan is black. "Are they friends of yours?"

Cummings had been set to meet with Trump regarding the price of prescription drugs, an issue the Democrat has repeatedly said he believes he can work with Trump on. "The Congressional Black Caucus, I think it's great". I would love to meet with the black caucus, I think it's great.

Cummings "was all excited and then he said, 'Oh, I can't move, it might be bad for me politically. But he probably was told by (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer or somebody like that, some other lightweight", Trump added. "But thank you for answering my questions".

The president interrupted: "Well I would". "We called him (Cummings) and called him".

Ryan told the president, "I'm just a reporter" because, you know, it's also not her fucking job to set up meetings for his dumb ass. "I was all set to have the meeting", the president claimed.

In a subsequent interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin, Ryan said she would welcome an invite to cover a conversation between the CBC and Trump. Trump said, speaking over her. Prior to taking her question, the president told Ryan she was "very professional and very good". "I do want to solve the problem".

Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was "actually looking forward to meeting with the president about the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs".

Honestly, we are edging dangerously close to Trump going full-racist.

Leading up to the exchange with Ryan, Trump said he would be "working very hard" to "fix" the inner cities, claiming that many black and Hispanic communities are "living in hell".

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Trump invoked residents that live in areas where they "lock themselves in apartments petrified to leave in the middle of the day".