Elijah Cummings says Donald Trump made up story about him

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings on Thursday accused President Trump of fabricating a story about his ducking a White House meeting, saying he still looked forward to meeting with the president.

Mr. Trump said at press conference that he had agreed to a meeting with the Maryland Democrat but the congressman’s office was unresponsive to White House phone calls. He made a conjecture that Mr. Cummings could have been dissuaded by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer or “somebody like that, some other lightweight.”

“He was probably told, ‘Don’t meet with Trump. It’s bad politics,’ ” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Cummings fired back in a statement.

“I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today. Of course, Senator Schumer never told me to skip a meeting with the president,” he said.

While denying Mr. Schumer told him what to do, Mr. Cummings did not deny avoiding a meeting with Mr. Trump.

However, Mr. Cummings did say that he still wanted to meet with the president to discuss plans for the Department of Health and Human Services to leverage lower prescription drug prices.

Mr. Trump said the congressman’s office wouldn’t set up the meeting.

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