Black Caucus condemns Speaker Mike Johnson’s treatment of Kenyan President William Ruto

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) shared a post online on Wednesday criticizing House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) for refusing to invite Kenyan President William Ruto to a joint session of Congress that typically also hosts other international leaders.

“While @SpeakerJohnson may not have given the President of Kenya the opportunity to address a joint sitting of Parliament, CBC is proud to welcome President Ruto to Capitol Hill today,” the CBC said. Post to social platform X“I am honoured to bestow the title of Honorary Member of the CBC on Chairman Root.”

Root is in the country to attend a state dinner on Thursday, Biden’s sixth state dinner since taking office.

He posted on X highlighting the CBC’s role in “promoting social justice, human rights and economic development around the world.”

“We call on Congress to lead the way in restructuring the global financial architecture so that power is not in the hands of a few. A bold, strong and targeted approach will free Africa from its debt burden and change the world.” Root said on X:.

The Hill has reached out to Johnson’s office for comment. Statement to USA Today Johnson offered the Kenyan embassy “a 90+ minute meeting, including a one-on-one visit with Chairman Johnson, a bipartisan leadership meeting with Chairman Johnson, House Leader Jeffries, and committee chairs and ranking members, and a bicameral meeting of both houses.”

Root said he was honoured to be recognised as an honorary member of the CBC and shared photos from his visit.

The dinner will celebrate 60 years of the U.S.-Kenya partnership, and President Biden is set to designate Kenya as a major non-NATO ally, the first such country in sub-Saharan Africa.

The CBC post was intended to poke fun at Johnson, who is planning to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, a move that has drawn backlash from some Democrats as Israel continues to wage war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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