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Congressional Black Caucus: We sent a letter to Trump but never heard back

President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during a news conference at the White House. (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)

The Congressional Black Caucus Thursday said it reached out to President Donald Trump with a letter in January but "never heard back."

During a heated press conference Thursday, Trump said he wanted to meet with the CBC but a caucus member canceled the meeting. He also asked a black veteran reporter if she could facilitate a meeting between him and the CBC.

"Are they friends of yours?" he asked American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan after she had asked the president if he planned to include the CBC in discussions about his urban agenda.

"Tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?" Trump asked.

Trump also claimed that he tried to set up a meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings, a CBC member, but the Maryland Democrat backed out.

Cummings denied that allegation in a statement later Thursday afternoon.

“I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today," Cummings said, adding that he was "actually looking forward to meeting with" Trump.

The CBC tweeted out a letter Thursday afternoon from Jan. 19 that detailed 10 specific policy points for Trump to consider when addressing the issues that black Americans face.

"We sent you a letter on January 19, but you never wrote us back. Sad!" the tweet said.

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