Democrats have been flat out resisting working with the president at all costs for seemingly no other reason than because they’re mad he won the election. Little do they know, President Trump is an expert negotiator- he wrote The Art of the Deal, after all! And he can even get Democrats on his side if he wants them.
The president is trying to craft new tax reform, which should be bipartisan issue as even Democrats have railed against the inefficiencies of the current tax code. Nevertheless, President Trump has been met with bullheaded resistance. Until now.
The president hosted three Democrat senators from red states for a dinner at the White House- Joe Manchin (WV), Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Joe Donnelly (IN). Each of these senators is up for reelection in 2018, and each knows that their constituents favor President Trump and want to see his policies enacted, The Hill reports.
We don’t know what was said at the meeting, which also included Vice President Mike Pence and several GOP senators, but the three Democrats came away publicly stating that they wanted to work with President Trump on tax reform.
Manchin said: “I look forward to working with the President, the Administration and my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle on tax reform and going through regular order so we can help all Americans and West Virginians prosper.”
Donnelley said he was “hopeful” to work with the president.
Heitkamp said: “As I’ve long said I want to work with those on both sides of the aisle on a comprehensive, permanent tax reform plan. I hope these bipartisan discussions continue.”
That’s how it’s done, folks! These three Senators have signalled in the past they’d consider working with the GOP on tax reform, but President Trump nailed these discussions and helped bring that closer to happening.
The Senate only needs a simple majority to pass tax reform, but after three GOP defectors derailed the healthcare repeal, the president is not taking ANY more chances.
He promised us tax reform, the GOP has signaled they will get reform passed by the end of the year, and with President Trump’s negotiating tactics, it looks like it’s going to happen.
(h/t The Hill)