At his news conference on Thursday, President Trump asked American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan to set up a meeting between himself and the Congressional Black Caucus. Trump talked about a meeting he had set up with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) that he believes was nixed because of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
"Let’s go set up a meeting," Trump told Ryan. "I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it’s great, the Congressional Black Caucus. I think it’s great. I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings and he was all excited. And then he said, 'well, I can’t move, it might be bad for me politically. I can’t have that meeting.'"
Trump was answering a question about his inner-city agenda.
CBS News titled the video, 'Trump asks black reporter to "set up the meeting" with Congressional Black Caucus.'
APRIL RYAN, AMERICAN URBAN RADIO NETWORKS: Well, when you say the inner cities, are you going — are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations with your — your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as —
TRUMP: Am I going to include who?
QUESTION: Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional —
TRUMP: Well, I would. I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?
QUESTION: — Hispanic Caucus —
TRUMP: Do you want to set up the meeting?
QUESTION: No — no — no. I’m not —
TRUMP: Are they friends of yours?
QUESTION: I’m just a reporter.
TRUMP: Well, then set up the meeting.
QUESTION: I know some of them, but I’m sure they’re watching right now.
TRUMP: Let’s go set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it’s great, the Congressional Black Caucus. I think it’s great. I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings and he was all excited. And then he said, well, 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. You know, we called him and called him. And he was all set. I spoke to him on the phone, very nice guy.
QUESTION: I hear he wanted that meeting with you as well.
TRUMP: He wanted it, but we called, called, called and can’t make a meeting with him. Every day I walk and say I would like to meet 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 — he was probably told “don’t meet with Trump. It’s bad politics.”
April Ryan: CBC Members Eager To Meet With President Donald Trump:
MSNBC: During his Thursday press conference, President Donald Trump asked reporter April Ryan if she would set up a meeting between him and the CBC. Ryan joins Morning Joe to discuss the moment.