Congressional Black Caucus expected to meet with Trump soon

Congressional Black Caucus expected to meet with Trump soon
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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a senior African-American lawmaker, says the Congressional Black Caucus will likely meet with President Trump the week of Feb. 27. 

He said African-American lawmakers will discuss with Trump the need to bring down the cost of prescription drugs — a goal Trump endorsed during the campaign when he talked about using the federal government’s negotiating power to reduce prices — as well as voting rights and job growth. 

“We’re going to be meeting on prescription drugs. We’re going to be out this week, so I expect it will be next week,” Cummings said of the week after the Presidents Day recess, which starts on Feb. 20.

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Trump said at a news conference Thursday that he “would love to meet with the Black Caucus.” Cummings disputed Trump's claim that the Maryland lawmaker had cancelled a meeting with the president over concerns about backlash. The CBC said later that day that Trump had reached out and they were working on finding a time to meet.

Cummings told CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday that it’s “very, very hard” for Democrats to work with Trump because of their stark differences but added, “I’ve got to work with him on the things that I can.”

“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,” he said. 

Cummings also explained he wants to talk about voting rights with the president.

While Trump has spoken at length about voter fraud and asserted that between 3 million and 5 million illegal immigrants voted, giving Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonEx-Clinton aide rips Russia for using her name in documents Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Fox News: 'Foolish' to think Hannity won't return MORE a lead in the popular vote, Cummings said that disenfranchisement of minority voters is a bigger issue.

“He doesn’t talk about all of the millions of people who have been denied the right to vote because of suppression. So I want to talk about things like that, also,” he said.