The Congressional Black Caucus will reportedly reject an offer to meet with President Donald Trump.
Omarosa Manigault, a former contestant on The Apprentice and now White House aide, extended an invitation last week to each of the 49 members of the group, of which Politico published a copy on Wednesday.
“As requested by the President, we would like to schedule a follow-up meeting with the entire membership of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss issues pertinent to your members,” the invitation read.
Manigault signed the invitation “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault” which members of the CBC told Politico irked them as they felt “she hasn’t earned that title.”
The CBC met with Trump in March, though sources close to the group told Politico that the meeting would just be a photo opportunity, rather than a constructive dialogue.
“No one wants to be a co-star on the reality show,” a Democratic aide said.
Manigault, whose official title is the Director of Public Communication in the Office of the Public Liaison, has been tasked with helping the White House reach out to black communities and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.
But members of the CBC said she’s done little to raise their issues with Trump, especially after Trump’s budget proposal didn’t include additional funding for historically black colleges and universities.
The CBC’s chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond, is expected to make an official statement later this week.
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