House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly struck an agreement on Tuesday with President Trump for a whopping $2 trillion infrastructure deal. The meeting marked a rare moment of cooperation and agreement between the Democrat Party leaders and the president.
“We agreed on a number, which was very, very, good. $2 trillion for infrastructure. Originally, we had started a little lower, and even the President was eager to push it up to $2 trillion. That is a very good thing,” Schumer told a group of reporters outside the White House via BizPac Review.
“We think we can work with the President,” Pelosi added, noting she and the president clash at nearly every other turn. “While we may have our difficulties in other areas, we cannot ignore the needs of the American people as we go forward.”
The only thing left out of the agreement was how to pay for it—whether raising the gas tax or finding the money elsewhere—but Schumer said they can move forward working out the kinks of the infrastructure bill and a method for paying for it. Schumer also said his House and Senate colleagues would continue their respective investigative efforts of the president.
“I believe we can do both at once,” Schumer said. “We can come up with some good ideas on infrastructure. We want to hear his ideas on funding. That’s going to be the crucial point, in my opinion. And the House and the Senate can proceed in its oversight responsibilities. The two are not mutually exclusive.”
Not everyone walked away from the meeting benefiting from the negotiations. BizPac Review reports several of Pelosi’s and Schumer’s supporters were shuddering at the thought of their beloved resistance leaders working alongside Trump.
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As it stands, the United States is currently $22 trillion debt. To pay for this exorbitant infrastructure plan, Democrats may try to hike taxes — and with the president’s approval. Last year Trump reportedly endorsed a stunning 25 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax to pay for infrastructure spending.
It’s unclear whether the infrastructure plan would also include additional funding for the president’s proposed southern U.S. border wall. A wall is a form of infrastructure, after all.
What’s also unclear is why Trump is negotiating in good faith with the same Democrats who’ve broached the idea of impeaching him from office for crimes that he never actually committed.
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“It’s not reasonable to expect the president to work with you on Monday on a big infrastructure bill and have you punching him in the face on Tuesday on 15 investigations,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney reportedly said at an event Tuesday in Southern Carolina.
Yet despite the valid concerns about Democrats not negotiating in good faith, it’s mainly their base who’ve been screaming and pounding their fists on social media about the meeting.
Some Democratic supporters said they were unsettled to know Pelosi and Schumer were working with Trump:
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The president is neither a “terrorist,” a “traitor” nor a “criminal.”
The White House has for its part described the meeting as “excellent and productive” and argued that it’s time America stops “foolishly prioritizing the interests of other countries over our own.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was willing to work with the Democrats because he is committed doing what it takes to make America great again: “We have to invest in this country’s future and bring our infrastructure to a level better than it has ever been before.”