Trump To Meet With Black Caucus After Unorthodox Back And Forth

The Congressional Black Caucus is finally meeting with President Donald Trump, according to one of its prominent members.
Posted at 6:17 PM, Feb 19, 2017

It seems President Donald Trump will finally sit down for a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. 

At a Thursday news conference, President Donald Trump was asked if he would meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on his urban development plan. Trump said he did want to meet with them and asked reporter April Ryan, who is black, if she would set it up. 

"I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings, and 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,'" Trump said during a Thursday news conference.

Cummings says he canceled his meeting because he wanted to finalize a plan to bring down prescription drug prices first.

The Congressional Black Caucus responded to Trump on Twitter, pointing out they requested a meeting in January but never heard back. They wanted to discuss issues affecting African-American communities.

On Sunday, Cummings said both he and the CBC had plans to meet with Trump.

"I want to talk about prescription drugs, the high price of prescription drugs, and he has made it clear that he wants to do something about that. I'm going to, John, I've got to talk to him about voting rights," Cummings said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

It's not clear when the president will meet with the black caucus. Cummings told "Face the Nation" he'll likely meet with Trump the week of Feb. 27.