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Trump declines invitation to speak at NAACP convention

Trump declines invitation to speak at NAACP convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to speak at the NAACP's annual convention next week in Baltimore, leading the nation's oldest civil rights organization to question the president's commitment to his African American constituents.

"During his campaign, President Trump asked us 'what do you have to lose?'" NAACP Board Chairman Leon Russell said. "We get the message loud and clear. The president's decision today underscores the harsh fact: we have lost — we've lost the will of the current administration to listen to issues facing the black community."

White House spokeswoman Sarah...

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