President Trump has declined an invitation to attend the annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention, which is scheduled to begin Saturday in Baltimore.
Trump also declined an invitation to the same convention last year, as it fell on the date of the Republican National Convention. White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t say why the president wouldn’t attend the civil rights group’s meeting this time around.
“My understanding is that the invitation has been declined for this year,” Sanders told reporters at a Wednesday afternoon briefing.
She did note the White House would like to continue a dialogue with the group.
“We would certainly like to be able to continue to do that,” Sanders said.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest civil rights group in the United States. Both former-President Obama and predecessor George W. Bush gave speeches at the group’s convention during their tenures in office.
Despite pledging to improve the lives of black Americans during his campaign, Trump has been criticized by some groups, including the Congressional Black Caucus, for not doing enough to address issues in the African-American community.
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