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Reporter April Ryan Refuses Assumptions on Trump Comments

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By    |   Friday, 17 Feb 2017 02:03 PM

American Urban Radio Network reporter April Ryan said Friday she isn't going to make any assumptions about what President Donald Trump meant by asking her to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, but others said they considered his comments to the black reporter offensive.

"I cannot assume what this president was thinking," Ryan told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I just won't believe he wasn't thinking what everybody's thinking — I want to believe in a better day in 2017."

During Trump's press conference, Ryan asked Trump if he planned to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus concerning his urban agenda.

At first, Trump asked her "am I going to include who?" when she called the caucus the "CBC," and then when elaborated told her he likes the CBC and asked her if she knew its members and could set up a meeting.

"You know, I have written two books on race, so, it was a moment," Ryan admitted. "But I was struck more — what hit me really was the fact he asked the first thing because I consider myself a journalist, like everyone else in that room. I wasn't looking at it like I'm a black woman."

But when Trump asked her to convene the meeting, Ryan said she thought "no, no, no. That's crossing the line. When you talk about fake news, that's fake news. If they would invite me to be in the room when the members of the CBC and president meet, I would love to report on it. To convene the meeting, no."

Show co-host Mika Brzezinski said she was disgusted by the question, and asked "what decade is this" after watching a clip of the exchange.

"That goes in the category with 'women's difficulties,' because I think he's going to help us with cramps," Brzezinski said, making reference to a report in Friday's Washington Post, where Trump was quoted as saying First Lady Melania Trump would help with "women's difficulties" in her official role.

Former national security adviser Susan Rice, meanwhile, said Friday she found Trump's response to Ryan "offensive," NBC News reports.

Rice, the first black woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, pointed in a to a Vox article, through a tweet:

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" and termed the comments to Ryan as an "unrivaled low."

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings on Thursday told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that he found Trump's comment offensive, as he doesn't think the president knows what the CBC is, and because "a lot of people assume that all black people know all black people."

"The idea that the president would ask somebody in the press pool to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus . . . he's the President of the United States of America," said Cummings. "He can make that phone call himself."

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