President Donald Trump’s confrontational nature led to a combative and slightly racially offensive exchange with a reporter during a White House press conference on Thursday.
American Urban Radio Networks’ D.C. bureau chief, April Ryan, asked the president — who was talking about how hard he will work on the nation’s inner cities — “When you say inner cities, are you going to include the [Congressional Black Caucus] in conversations with urban agenda?”
Ryan is a black woman, which is almost certainly why Trump responded to her question with, “Well, I would. I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours? Set up the meeting. Let's go. Set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it's great. The Congressional Black Caucus, I think it’s great.”
It’s hard to imagine Trump offering this response if a white reporter had asked him the same question.
Twitter noticed the condescension right away:
Did he just ask #AprilRyan if the Congressional Black Caucus are friends of hers?— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 16, 2017
Because we ALL know each other (& look alike) amirite?
Frederick Douglass can set a meeting for you. He's definitely available. https://t.co/0ip7PSGc5P— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) February 16, 2017
Can April Ryan get me in contact with Beyonce tho?— Jason Stevenson (@ProducerJasonS) February 16, 2017
Ryan declined to set up the meeting, noting that while she knows some of the members of the CBC, she is just a reporter and was simply asking a question — as reporters do.
Ryan was at the center of another Trump controversy just last week when she accused Trump adviser Omarosa Manigault of using physical intimidation against her and insinuating that the president collected “dossiers” of scathing information on journalists.
Interestingly enough, after saying he would “love” to meet with the CBC, the group called Trump's bluff when they directed a tweet to him that reads, “Hi, @realDonaldTrump. We’re the CBC. We sent you a letter on January 19, but you never wrote us back. Sad!”
While Trump has made it abundantly clear that he does not like the “dishonest” media, as president of the United States, he needs to get over it. Whether you like them or not, the media isn’t going anywhere and it is their job to probe.
These Trump tantrums must come to an end.
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