Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., says President Donald Trump is making things up when he said he backed out of a meeting with the president.
Trump, answering a question at his Thursday press conference about whether he would include the Congressional Black Caucus in his agenda for inner cities, went off on a tangent about how he was supposed to meet with Cummings but that the Maryland Democrat decided against it because of politics.
“He was all excited, and then he said, ‘Oh, I can’t move. It might be bad for me politically. I can’t have that meeting.’ I was all set to have the meeting,” Trump said. “You know we called him and called him and he was all set. I spoke to him on the phone, very nice guy.”
The reporter, April Ryan, then said she heard Cummings wanted to have that meeting, too.
“He wanted it,” Trump responded. “But we called, called, called. They can’t make a meeting with him. Every day I walk in, I said, ‘I would like to make a meeting with him because I do want to solve the problem.’ But he probably was told by Schumer or somebody like that — some other lightweight — he was probably told … ‘Don’t meet with Trump. It’s bad politics.’ And that’s part of the problem in this country.”
Cummings says that simply didn’t happen. After the presser concluded, he pushed back and said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer did not instruct Cummings to do any such thing. (Roll Call)