Trump and the Congressional Black Caucus: So far, not so good

By | February 8, 2017

No one expected President Donald Trump and Congress’ black lawmakers, most of whom are Democrats, to become fast friends. But it turns out they’re hardly even speaking.

“We’re off to a horrible start,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat and the Congressional Black Caucus chairman.

“I’m not sure that I’ve seen anything, to this point, that would suggest outreach,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., a former chairman of the caucus.

The White House wouldn’t comment on the status of its efforts to engage the Congressional Black Caucus. In a news briefing last month, spokesman Sean Spicer said a plan was in the works.

“He’s going to start with the leadership. He’s going have a great conversation with them,” Spicer said. “But then I think you’re going to see a variety of meetings: The Congressional Black Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus, small groups of leaders.” (Wichita Eagle)

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