Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement after President Trump Continues to Dismiss the Congressional Black Caucus
Washington, DC - (Thursday, February 16, 2017) - Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement after President Trump refused to take the lead on inviting the Congressional Black Caucus to meet with him at the White House:
“As a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), I believe we deserve more respect for the integrity of the institution and the work we are doing to help protect the interests of minorities and all Americans. The president’s comments today during his lengthy press conference were once again a disruption to the true issues impacting our nation. This includes his lack of transparency and understanding the importance of working with the other two branches of government.
However, we continue to celebrate the many efforts and achievements made by African Americans this month yet the president has continued to dismiss and belittle us when he has ignored our request to meet with him formally at the White House. We do not wish to be divisive but his actions are showing that he does not care to prioritize the needs and issues of what takes place in Black communities or work with those of us who have firsthand experience in addressing the issues that gravely impact minority communities.
It would be nice if the president would pay attention to how his rhetoric and policies are impacting the lives of people and begin to act as a true leader and lead our country. I can only hope to have open communication and be a resource that is used when the Administration makes decisions that continue to impact the lives of not just African Americans but everyone.”