Omarosa Manigault Invites Congressional Black Caucus to White House for Second Time

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 22: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) is joined by Vice President Mike Pence, White House Director of Communications for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs Omarosa Manigault and other staff members during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee in the Cabinet Room at the White House March 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump asked African Americans to support him, saying, “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Almost three months after President Trump tried to mend fences with African American members of Congress at the White House, Mr. Trump is once again trying to restart talks with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).  

Mr. Trump’s adviser Omarosa Manigault sent a letter to the CBC on June 9, inviting all members of the CBC back to the White House for a follow up meeting to “discuss issues pertinent to your members.”

A copy of the invitation was provided to CBS News by a Capitol Hill source.

It’s unclear what specifically Mr. Trump wants to discuss, but, according to the letter, the meeting was requested directly by the president. A meeting has not yet been scheduled.

In the initial March 22 meeting, the CBC raised issue with Mr. Trump’s budget outline and the GOP healthcare plan.

Despite their differences, Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond described the meeting as “a positive first start.” Both parties, at the time, agreed to meet on a routine basis going forward.

Since then, the White House has rolled out fuller versions of both proposals — which include budget cuts that would disproportionately impact African Americans.

A source inside the CBC was skeptical about the latest invitation, saying, “We’re willing to engage with the president, but it has to be a substantive policy discussion, not a photo op.”

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