Rep. Elijah Cummings refuted President Donald Trump’s claim that the Maryland congressman declined to meet with him after being discouraged by colleagues, calling the president’s statement “made up.”
During an exchange at a press conference Thursday with reporter April Ryan about the president meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, Trump said that Cummings was “all excited” to meet with him but backed out of the meeting.
“I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings, and he was all excited — and then he said, ‘it might be bad for me politically. I can’t have that meeting,'” Trump said. “He was probably told, ‘don’t meet with Trump, that’s bad politics.'”
Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the only meeting he was waiting to have with the president involved finalization legislation aimed at allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower drug prices — a meeting he still hopes to have.
“I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today,” said the Maryland congressman, who denied being advised against meeting with Trump. “I was actually looking forward to meeting with the president about the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs.”
Cummings told the Baltimore Sun that he was at loss as to why Trump would make such declarations.
“I also sincerely have no idea why the president made this claim in response to an unrelated question about the Congressional Black Caucus,” he said. “I am sure members of the CBC can answer these questions for themselves.”