Democratic leaders secured a tentative agreement from President Trump on Tuesday to spend $2 trillion to rebuild the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges, then vowed to keep trying to wreck Mr. Trump’s presidency.
Emerging from a rare meeting with the president at the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said their talks were productive, in contrast with their stormy session together in January, when the president walked out over funding for the border wall to resolve a partial government shutdown.
“There was goodwill in this meeting, and that was different than some of the other meetings that we’ve had,” said Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat.
But the goodwill on infrastructure was apparently a one-way street. Democrats said they won’t back off six House committee investigations of the president and his business empire, and many continued to push for Mr. Trump’s impeachment for purported obstruction of justice against special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
That probe found the Trump campaign was not involved in Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election.
“In previous meetings, the president has said, ‘If these investigations continue, I can’t work with you,’” Mr. Schumer said. “He didn’t bring it up [Tuesday]. I believe we can do both at once. The House and the Senate can proceed in its oversight responsibilities. The two are not mutually exclusive, and we were glad he didn’t make it that way.”
Mrs. Pelosi said of the investigations, which the president considers harassment, that “our priority is to honor our responsibilities under the Constitution of the United States.”
The speaker told Democratic lawmakers Monday night that Mr. Trump is “making the case” for obstruction by stonewalling their investigations. But she also warned Democrats that they need to “deliver” on their agenda, including a major jobs bill.
Although the Democrats and Mr. Trump agreed in principle to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure, they didn’t agree on the crucial question of how to pay for it. They are scheduled to meet again in three weeks. Democrats said Tuesday that they put the burden on Mr. Trump to come up with ideas to raise the money.
Source : WASHINGTON TIMES