Why aren’t “Mitch and Paul” invited to President Donald Trump’s dinner Wednesday with “Chuck and Nancy?”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders essentially says there’s no need for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan when Trump meets with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
After all, she said, “You’ve got the leader of the Republican Party sitting at the table” — referring to Trump. The president has taken to calling his recent Democratic visitors by their first names — Chuck and Nancy.
Sanders says Trump has done “more for bipartisanship in the past eight days” than President Barack Obama did during his eight years in office.
Speaking at Wednesday’s press briefing, Sanders added that Trump is “committed to working with Democrats” and insisted that Obama wasn’t.
Sanders is expected to speak around 2 p.m. ET. Watch live in the player above.
Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation’s health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.
Despite opposition and little time, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., proposed legislation that would do away with many of the subsidies and mandates of the 2010 law and instead would provide block grants to the states to help individuals pay for health coverage.
“If you believe repealing and replacing Obamacare is a good idea, this is your best and only chance to make it happen because everything else has failed except this approach,” Graham told reporters.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.