Don and Dems deal over dinner
Bipartisanship was on the menu at the White House last night as President Trump hosted Democrats Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi for dinner — and emerged with ade alto protect immigrant “Dreamers.”
President Trump on Wednesday said his proposed tax cuts would mainly benefit the middle class and that wealthier Americans looking for relief will be out of luck — and might even see a tax hike.
“The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. We’re looking for the middle class and looking for jobs, jobs meaning companies — looking at middle class and jobs,” he said during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers in the White House, including Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) (above left) and Tom Reed (R-NY).
“I think the wealthy will be pretty much where they are,” he added. “If we can do that, we’ll like it. If they have to go higher, they’ll go higher, frankly.”
Lawmakers emerged from the meeting optimistic.
“He made a point over and over again that this is not about giving tax cuts for the wealthy,” Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-LI) said. “The most important thing about this meeting was not necessarily all the specifics, it was the cultural change that took place here where Democrats and Republicans were sitting together in a room that don’t necessarily agree on the issue but are trying to say we are trying to get things done on behalf of the American people and to do that, we have to do it together.”
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said: “The president was clear . . . there would not be tax cuts for the wealthy. He said he thought the wealthy would be the same but possibly even higher.”
Trump has been spearheading a bipartisan effort to get lawmakers to sign on to a plan to reform the