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)