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White House explains dinner with Dem leaders

14 September 2017

Trump was set to host a round table with bipartisan lawmakers at the White House to discuss big issues including tax reform and infrastructure.

And it preceded a scheduled dinner with the two Democratic minority leaders, Sen.

Speaking at Wednesday's press briefing, Sanders added that Trump is "committed to working with Democrats" and insisted that Obama wasn't. "Because that's what people want", he said. "They want it done and they want it in a bipartisan way".

Overhauling the American tax system was a key goal of the Republican government when Trump won the White House and the GOP held both chambers of Congress a year ago. He said he never wanted to raise the sales tax, but he did want to get the discussion going.

"It's already been a week and a half, and people don't talk about it as much", Trump said regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he made a decision to end a little over a week ago.

The other two were Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who were also at Tuesday's dinner and, like Manchin, are considered moderate Democrats. And at Pelosi's request, he later offered reassurances to young immigrants on Twitter that those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would "have nothing to worry about" over the next six months.

One of the guidelines called for legislation that does not cut taxes for the country's wealthiest 1 percent and changes to the tax code that will not burden the middle class.

Sen. Ted Cruz Wednesday unveiled a plan to overhaul the nation's tax code that features a single, flat income tax rate and a simpler system for filing taxes. Democratic Sens. Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly (Indiana), Joe Manchin (West Virginia) - all moderates who are up for re-election and hail from states Trump won previous year - along with Republican Sens. "Well, the three Democratic senators at the dinner last night did not sign that letter and I think that's a clear indication that they're still open-minded about this". Their problem, of course, is they're so married to that rhetoric that it would be hard for them to do anything else.

"I'm hopeful but there's no white smoke or there's nothing done but we'll see where this leads in the coming 48 hours", Malloy said.

White House explains dinner with Dem leaders