President Trump continues to make overtures to Congressional Democrats.
According to The Washington Post, Democrats plan to remain cautious when dealing with Trump.
On Wednesday, Trump said he would forego tax cuts for wealthy households and ensure protection for young people covered under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
He also called himself “a conservative.”
Trump’s unpredictable policy twists and turns have left Congressional Republicans confused and scrambling for answers.
Last week, Trump announced he had reached a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on the debt ceiling and short-term government funding.
Political observers chuckled at Trump’s new friendship with “Chuck and Nancy” and assumed the new alliance would be short-lived.
Now, those observers are not so sure.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, a moderate Democrat from Texas, is convinced the White House has chosen a new direction. He had refused previous invitations to the White House, but chose to meet with Trump and his advisers on Wednesday.
Washington insiders believe that Trump is genuinely open to creating bipartisan deals since he has seen little success working only with Congressional Republicans. Sources say he is also less interested in working with the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
On Tuesday night, Trump discussed infrastructure with a number of senators over dinner. Three Democratic senators who are expected to face strong challenges in 2018 were present: Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Trump previously invited Heitkamp to the podium with him on a recent trip to North Dakota.
The president also met with House Democrats about tax reform. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) came away feeling encouraged.
“He was very explicit in saying that there would be no tax cut in this package for the wealthy,” Welch said.
Previously, Trump has belittled and dismissed Democrats. He has also undone many of Barack Obama’s policies. He spent months encouraging Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, he gave his blessing to a new health care reform bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
Trump also repealed DACA, although he has since said he wants to help those who were protected by the program.
The Democrats intend to proceed with care, and will not agree to do things like support the border wall, no matter what Trump promises.