American Urban Radio Networks White House Reporter April Ryan invoked black history month during the White House daily press briefing Wednesday, prompting laughter from members of the press corps.
Ryan has served on the press corps since 1997, and she also hosts the network’s “Daily Feature,” which is aired on 475 affiliated stations nationwide.
The exchange occurred during the press briefing, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer asked Ryan how many questions she had. “Maybe three more,” Ryan replied. Spicer refused, but Ryan quickly responded, “It’s black history month. let me go.”
Spicer joined the rest of the press corps in laughter, before adding, “You can only use that once.” Ryan jokingly replied, “I have a couple more days.”
Black history month lasts through February, and President Donald Trump took the time Feb. 1 to sit down with black Republicans to discuss the impact of black civil rights leaders on the world today.
“During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right? And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work, and faith in America,” Trump said during the meeting.
“I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things. Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.”
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