Trump assumes black reporter can hook him up with Congressional Black Conference

Posted February 17, 2017

Ryan, who is a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin that in "20 years" covering four presidents, she has "never" seen anything like Trump's impromptu and wide-ranging event.

The article said Trump "genuinely seems to view black people as a monolithic "other" - a group of people who work and behave in exactly similar ways".

One of the more weird episodes-and there were several-of today's Trump news conference was the exchange between Urban Radio Networks' White House correspondent April Ryan and Pres. Trump.

Ryan asked Trump if he would include the Congressional Black Caucus in meetings concerning his administration's urban agenda. Ryan asked after he said he'd look "very hard" at education, health care, and other plans. I mean, I frankly - I used to think the Congressional Black Caucus, when it was first formed, was a good thing.

Trump said had tried to set up a meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), a member of the caucus. The president pressed her more: "Are they friends of yours?" "She's a reporter and she's not in Congress". "Now, if they would like to invite me, I'd welcome that, but as far as facilitating that meeting or convening that meeting, that is not my place".

Former national security adviser Susan Rice has called President Trump's response to a question posed by a black journalist during Thursday's dizzying press conference "notably offensive".

To add to this whole race-related mess, shortly before Ryan's question, Trump, apparently without being prompted on the subject, said he was "the least racist person", the Washington Post reported.

MSNBC: "Well, that was a doozy of a press conference".

Leading up to the exchange with Ryan, Trump said he would be "working very hard" to "fix" the inner cities, claiming that many black and Hispanic communities are "living in hell". He responded by making the question about himself. If you'll remember, in 1989 Trump took out a full page ad in The New York Times all but calling for five teenagers falsely accused of raping a White woman in Central Park to swing from trees.

Plenty of people began thrashing Trump on Twitter.

"She came in [to the White House press-staff area] hot", hurling insults at her, Manigault said.