Update: It is now being reported that Trump walked out of the meeting, complaining about the ongoing investigations, and says he won’t do business with Democrats until they stop investigating him.
About an hour before the meeting, Pelosi told reporters, “No one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”
“Looking Forward to Hearing Trump’s Plans”
President Donald Trump is meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer today to discuss a new bipartisan infrastructure package.
But before figuring out how to strike a deal on infrastructure spending, Trump requested in a letter sent on Tuesday night that the trio first tackles the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Democrats have expressed concerns about the trade deal, but making it a top priority means the infrastructure talks could be placed on the back burner.
Nevertheless, Pelosi and Schumer said later in the evening that they were going into the meeting looking forward to hearing Trump’s plans on how to pay for an infrastructure package. They made no mention of the recently-signed but not-yet-ratified trade agreement.
President Trump has already reportedly approved a $2 trillion budget for infrastructure spending, but today’s discussions turn toward how to pay for such a figure.
Tension On Top of Tension
The meetings come while Democrats and the Trump administration are at odds over the results of recent congressional investigations. Pelosi has said that while there is already enough evidence for a strong case for impeachment, she thinks Trump opponents need to proceed with caution.
Today’s talks also come at the same time Congress and the White House are seeking a less restrictive deal regarding the debt limit ahead of impending budget caps.