Trump meets with moderates, touts bipartisanship

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Republican leadership in Congress pitched the president on an 18-month, and later a six-month, raising of the debt ceiling, which Schumer and Pelosi refused to accept. "Whether we can do the incredible things that we're doing - and working in a bipartisan fashion, obviously, would be a positive". "And then, we went into a meeting where the president agreed to that 'irresponsible, ridiculous, stupid proposal'". The trio will also talk about efforts to stabilize health care markets.

Trump campaigned past year on a promise to build a wall along the entire U.S. -Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants and control drug trafficking and pledged that Mexico would pay for the edifice.

President Trump will have dinner Wednesday evening with his new best Beltway pals - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his counterpart in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, according to a new report.

And Wednesday afternoon, he preached bipartisanship in a meeting on tax reform with a group of moderate members of Congress from both parties.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) were pressing for an 18-month extension on the debt ceiling, which would put off the issue until after the 2018 elections. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.

"Trump met with Republican and Democrat Senators to discuss advancing the Administration's legislative priorities", the statement said.

Suggesting that the differences between Republicans and Democrats are "little", Trump called for putting those differences "aside". "And that's what this is all about". "We're looking for the middle class and we're looking for jobs, jobs meaning companies".

Jordan went on to say, "I think that was something that was central to the campaign but the American people want border security so we have to focus on that".

Trump visited North Dakota last week to lobby for tax reform accompanied by Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Norquist also said, "This tax cut is going to be passed before Thanksgiving".

CNBC's Eamon Javers said he was told the meeting would include Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Chief of Staff John Kelly, in addition to Trump, Schumer and Pelosi.

66 percent of voters said it was good for the country for Trump to work with congressional Democrats.

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