Trump Signals He's Open to Work With Dems on Healthcare

Schumer says common ground can be found
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2017 12:44 AM CDT
Trump Signals He's Open to Work With Dems on Healthcare
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus , right, departs after a GOP caucus meeting last week.   (Alex Brandon)

After the healthcare bill he championed hit a wall with conservative Republicans, President Trump might be looking for room to maneuver in the opposite direction. Trump's aides opened the door to working with moderate Democrats on healthcare and other issues over the weekend while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer quickly offered to find common ground with Trump for repairing ObamaCare, the AP reports. Schumer said Trump "could have a different presidency" if he changes—but if he wants to work with Democrats, Trump will have to drop the attempt to repeal ObamaCare, and say no to "the Freedom Caucus and the hard-right special wealthy interests who are dominating his presidency."

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday that Trump was "disappointed" with "people he thought were loyal to him that weren't." "I think it's time for our folks to come together, and I also think it's time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well," he said. The Hill reports that amid the fallout from the healthcare failure, Rep. Ted Poe quit the House Freedom Caucus, which opposed the bill because members believed it didn't do enough to repeal ObamaCare. "We must come together to find solutions to move this country forward," the Texan said in a statement. "Saying 'no' is easy, leading is hard but that is what we were elected to do." (Trump lashed out at the caucus in a tweet Sunday.)

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