It was billed as a “listening session,” a chance for Latino leaders from across the country to sit down with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team and talk about the issues important to them and to their constituents.
The invitation alone was notable, given the notoriously rocky relationship Trump has had with Latinos since the start of his campaign. Leaders of some of the largest Latino civil rights organizations have tried without success for more than a year to gain an audience with Trump or his team.
They finally got their wish on Tuesday. It was a breakthrough, but not everyone experienced it the same way.
According to some of those in attendance, there were more than 50 people in the room. A few were leaders of the country’s largest progressive advocacy groups like the National Council of La Raza, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. Many more represented conservative, evangelical, or pro-business organizations — groups like the LIBRE Initiative, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and regional Latino chambers of commerce.
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