Transcript for Congressional Black Caucus responds to President Trump's request
We move on now, and at one other moment making headlines tonight from the president's news conference. At one point, the president asked a reporter to help him set up a meeting with the congressional black caucus. The question came as a surprise to members of that caucus that said they had already reached out to the president. Not to mention, asking a reporter to set up the meeting. ABC's Mary Bruce on the hill tonight. Reporter: On capitol hill tonight, heads shaking over president trump's response to this question. Go ahead. Are you going to include the cbc, Mr. President in conversations with your urban agenda, inner city agenda -- Are you going to include the congressional back caucus? I would. I tell you what. Do you want to set up the meeting? No. I'm just a reporter. I know some of them, but I'm sure they will right number. I would love to meet with the black caucus. Reporter: Watching on capitol hill, members of the congressional black caucus in shock. Had man is clueless. Reporter: Congressman Emanuel cleaver in disbelief he would ask that reporter to set up the meeting. Because there was a black woman in the room, the assumption was that some way, somehow, in spite of the that is correct she was a reporter, she had a connection with us. You don't think he would have asked another reporter to set up a meeting like that? I don't think he would have asked you to set up the meeting with the congressional black caucus. Mary Bruce with us live tonight from the hill, and Mary, the congressional black caucus says they reach out to the president a month ago? Reporter: The cbc sent a letter to the president saying they hope to work together, but they never received a response, and tonight, we're told the white house is working to set up that meeting.
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