The Congressional Black Caucus rejected Donald Trump’s invitation for the 49-member group to join him at the White House for a meeting, citing his unresponsiveness on previous attempts at policy engagement as proof that Trump isn’t interested in working with the members beyond a photo op.
“No one wants to be a co-star on the reality show,” said one senior Democratic aide.
Lawmakers in the 49-member group each received an invitation last week from Omarosa Manigault, the-reality-TV-star-turned-White-House-aide who has pitched herself as an unofficial liaison to the CBC.
“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,” Manigault wrote in the invitation.
But multiple CBC members said they were put off that she signed the invitation as “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” saying she hasn’t earned that title nor has she helped raise the profile of CBC issues within the White House as promised.
Omarosa is not an “honorable”. You get that for being a head of agency, or member of congress, or similar.
In a letter posted on Twitter, the caucus explains that it won’t be a part of Trump’s “social gathering.”
— The CBC (@OfficialCBC) June 21, 2017
Despite repeated attempts to communicate with the White House, “we have seen no evidence that your Administration acted on our calls for action,” Rep. Cedric Richmond, the caucus’s chairman, wrote. “It has become abundantly clear that a conversation with the entire CBC would not be entirely productive.”
Richmond continued, saying that Trump’s invitation to the entire 49-member group wouldn’t be productive after their concerns about the situation in Flint, Mich., and other issues had fallen “on deaf ears.”
“The CBC, and the millions of people we represent, have a lot to lose under your Administration,” Richmond wrote to Trump. “I fail to see how a social gathering would benefit the policies we advocate for.”
Twitter got a kick out of Omarosa using the title “Honorable”:
The “Honorable Omarosa Manigault” Hahaha! pic.twitter.com/xEJ5VmTJEI
— Resist4Humanity (@deejay90192) June 21, 2017
Doesn’t protocol require a person to be elected to an office to be referred to as “Honorable?” Omarosa just making stuff up?
— mollyswordmcdonough (@mollysmcdonough) June 21, 2017
— Liz M (@massiliz) June 21, 2017
The Honorable Omarosa Manigult-LOL! Working for Idiot Trump hardly makes one “honorable” It just makes you a fool who was hired by a clown
— Chi One (@ChiOneToo) June 21, 2017
Honorable is used as a title to indicate eminence or distinction, given to judges and certain high officials. How does Omarosa qualify?
— Lee Ann Lewman (@LALewman) June 21, 2017
@OMAROSA Nothing “honorable” about her. Not. A. Thing.
— Jerry Sukys (@JerrySukys) June 21, 2017