(CNSNews.com) - With Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, it will be “a much easier path” to passing legislation on infrastructure and health care, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters at a White House press conference, Trump said he hoped the Democrats and Republicans “can all work together next year to continue delivering for the American people, including on economic growth, infrastructure, trade, lowering the cost of prescription drugs.” He said those are “some of the things that the Democrats do want to work on,” and he really believes “we’ll be able to do that.”
The president also noted that it’s been “very hard” in the Republican-controlled Senate to pass key legislation because the GOP needs 10 votes from Democrats, and they don’t get those votes, because the Democrats stick together.
“And now, we have a much easier path, because the Democrats will come to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for health care, a plan for whatever they are looking at, and we’ll negotiate. Then as you know, it’s been very hard in the Senate ‘cause we need essentially 10 votes from Democrats, and we don’t get those votes, cause the Democrats do really stick together well. I don’t agree with them on a lot of policy, but I agree with them on sticking together. They stick together great,” he said.
Trump said it could be “a beautiful bipartisanship situation,” and it could be “very good” for him politically.
“I really think, and I really respected what Nancy [Pelosi] said last night about bipartisanship and getting together and uniting. She used the word uniting, and she used the bipartisanship statement, which is so important, because that’s what we should be doing,” the president said.
“They can look at us. Then we can look at them, and it’ll go back and forth, and it’ll probably be very good for me politically. I could see it being extremely good politically, cause I think I’m better at that game than they are actually, but we’ll find out. I mean you know, we’ll find out or we can work together,” he said.
When asked if he really believes bipartisanship is possible between the White House and Democrats given what their relationship has been in the past, Trump said, “I think there’s a good chance. ...I think there’s a very good chance that it will happen.”
A reporter asked whether the president will have to compromise on certain issues to the point where it could hurt him in 2020 and whether he expects that “when the Democrats take over the chairmanship of all of these important committees,” Trump will “get hit with a blizzard of subpoenas on everything from the Russia investigation” to his cellphone use to his tax returns.
“If that happens, then we're going to do the same thing, and government comes to a halt, and I would blame them because they now are going to be coming up with policy. They're the majority in the House,” the president said.
“I expect that they will come up with some fantastic ideas that I can support on the environment, on so many different things, including prescription drug prices -- which we've made a big dent in already, including some of the things that we're working on for the vets. We've gotten choice approved. We've gotten a lot of things approved, but they have some other elements that we want,” Trump said.
“There are many things we can get along on without a lot of trouble -- that we agree very much with them, and they agree with us. I would like to see bipartisanship. I would like to see unity, and I think we have a very good chance of -- and maybe not on everything -- but I think we have a very good chance of seeing that,” he said.