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Washington • Rep. Mia Love joined fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday in a meeting with President Barack Obama, though she didn't engage the president during the 90-minute discussion.
Love, a Utah Republican and the first black Republican woman in Congress, ducked out of the White House after the meeting while other CBC members addressed a stakeout of journalists outside the West Wing.
CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said Love was part of the caucus that met with Obama in the Cabinet Room, and although she didn't ask any questions, Butterfield said he wanted her to feel welcome at CBC events.
"I hope that she will bring constructive participation to our work," Butterfield said. "We want her to not just come to the meetings and sit, but we want her to constructively work with us in [pushing] bipartisan legislation."
On Wednesday, Love was honored by the Republican National Committee at its 3rd annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards luncheon at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington. Love, as well as Texas Rep. Will Hurd and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who are also black, joined the event as part of the RNC's celebration of Black History Month in February.
The RNC said the trio was honored for their "historic victories, significant contributions to the Republican Party, their communities and the country."