This White House is Learning

Via NPR:  Trump Dinner Menu: Tax Cuts

The guest list for Tuesday’s dinner includes Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. All three are up for re-election next year in states that Trump carried by wide margins.

If Trump wants to get a major bill through congress, this is the kind of action he will have to undertake.  Courting opposition Senators from states he won is a smart move (indeed, a standard one for such a situation).

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  1. Mister Bluster says:

    Courting opposition Senators from states he won is a smart move…

    I can’t hardly believe he thought of it himself.

  2. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    You can be sure he didn’t. The only way he’d invite them on his own is if they slobbered over him, which they may well have done without meaning it, knowing how easily he can be manipulated.

  3. B. R. Bong says:

    All these Democrats willing to deal with the biggest racist to ever occupy the White House. Sitting down to dinner with #Literally Hitler.

    What does that say about them?

  4. An Interested Party says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was John Kelly who was behind this move, meanwhile…

    What does that say about them?

    What does it say about our country that this disgrace became president in the first place, thereby forcing Democrats and decent Republicans to have no choice but to deal with him if they want to get anything done…

  5. @Mister Bluster: @CSK: Indeed, I put “This White House” and not “The President” in the headline.

  6. Mister Bluster says:

    If the Democrats do not sit down to dinner with #Literally Hitler, it’s a good bet that self-absorbed, sexist, racist, REPUBLICAN President Pork Chop Pud would be breaking white bread with the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis…or maybe Republicans.
    Take your pick.

  7. wr says:

    I’ve got no problem with these Dems sitting, talking and listening. What’s important is what they do when Trump presents a tax plan that eliminates the inheritance tax and deductability of state taxes…

  8. gVOR08 says:

    This White House is Learning

    To the extent this is true, it’s a bad thing.

  9. Mr. Prosser says:

    @wr: What about removing the home mortgage deduction? That stays in the White House loses everybody with a home.