President Trump will dine with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday night, Pelosi’s office confirmed to CBS News.
The trio will discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act, legislation to protect Dreamers who came to the U.S. as children, and the fall deadlines, according to a source familiar with the invitation. The dinner is intended to follow up on discussions from last week’s meeting about what needs to be accomplished before the year’s end.
Mr. Trump, who has long evidenced frustration with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has shown a willingness to work with Democrats of late. Last week, Mr. Trump shocked Republican leaders and even his own White House staff when he sided with Democrats over his own party to reach a debt ceiling deal. On Tuesday night, Mr. Trump dined with three Democratic senators in addition to three Republican senators as the administration tries to tackle tax reform.
On Wednesday night, Pelosi and Schumer will push the president to protect Dreamers, after the administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects young immigrants and grants them work permits. Mr. Trump has laid. Pelosi and Schumer will also urge the president to help , which face an uncertain future as Obamacare remains in place for now. Despite repeated attempts this year, Republicans have thus been unsuccessful in achieving a key piece of Mr. Trump’s — and indeed, many Republicans’ — campaign platform of repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
As Mr. Trump struggles to navigate the waters of negotiating with his own party, Pelosi credited the ties Schumer and Mr. Trump share as New Yorkers for their ability to strike a deal last week.
“He could speak New York to the president,” Pelosi explained.
Pelosi and Ryan will also meet Wednesday afternoon, as they look to the future of DACA.
Since the president’s rift with Republicans doesn’t appear to be repairing anytime soon and the administration looks to issues like tax reform, Mr. Trump is looking to Democrats for support.
CBS News’ John Nolen, Catherine Reynolds and Jillian Hughes contributed to this report.
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