President Trump is continuing to court Democratic leadership by hosting a dinner on Tuesday with some moderate Democrats and Republican senators. The table talk will focus on tax reform, the president’s present top priority. This continued dialogue with Democrats comes on the heels of cutting a debt ceiling deal last week.
President Trump will be joined by Vice President Pence in hosting the dinner, the White House said. Those invited to dine are Democrats Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. GOP Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and John Thune of South Dakota are among the Republican attendees.
The three moderate Democrats attending the dinner are all up for reelection next year and hail from states that President Trump won easily in 2016. Each of them refused to join a letter with other party leaders that outlined conditions on tax reform, and they all three supported Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch earlier this year.
The president was on stage with Heitkamp just last week at a tax reform event in North Dakota. Trump called the senator a “good woman,” and said that he hopes to have her support. Trump’s courting of these Democrats has angered some of his Republican allies. They hope that these senators will lose the upcoming election so that the Republican majority can be larger than it is now. But the president is working hard on his bipartisan approach as of late. His experience with Obamacare’s repeal effort failed miserably, therefore his agenda seems to be to cross the aisle. Last week Trump agreed to a fiscal deal with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and has maneuvered for some Democratic votes on tax reform. Even though Republicans are planning to pursue tax reform in the Senate through a majority vote threshold, any Democratic support could be crucial because of the slim 52-seat majority and tense internal divisions.
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