WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s meeting with top Democrats (all times local):
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Tuesday’s infrastructure meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers was “excellent and productive.”
Sanders says the United States has not come close to properly investing in infrastructure for many years, “foolishly prioritizing the interests of other countries over our own.” She did not elaborate.
Trump met with Democratic lawmakers at the White House, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying afterward Trump agreed to a $2 trillion price tag for infrastructure investments.
Still, the two sides haven’t decided on how to pay for it.
Sanders says a meeting on funding will take place in three weeks.
She also says Trump and Democratic leaders have agreed to a future meeting to discuss prescription drug prices.
She says the president believes drug prices should be much lower.
Democratic congressional leaders say they have reached an agreement with President Donald Trump to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calls the $2 trillion figure a “very good thing” but says Trump pushed off tough questions about where the money will come from. Schumer says they told Trump the group needs his ideas on funding.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi adds that the eventual agreement “will be big and it will be bold.”
Pelosi says they’ve agreed to meet again to discuss how to pay for repairing repair roads, bridges and other infrastructure around the country.
Infrastructure repair is one area where Republicans and Democrats feel they can work together despite the rampant partisanship in Washington.