It seems that whatever President Trump is aiming to accomplish by bringing bipartisan groups of legislators together… it’s working.
In the first interview of a legislator who attended one of Trump’s bipartisan gatherings, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) explained that he left the meeting feeling very good about the direction the President was leading Congress.
Speaking to the panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Manchin said that he definitely felt a new sense of “bipartisan spirit” among his colleagues.
Joe Scarborough: Alright senator, so let’s talk about the business of the evening. Did you sense a new bipartisan spirit among the group of you guys?
Joe Manchin: I sure did. I mean, there were seven of us: there were four Republicans and three Democrats, there was the president and the vice president, and Gary Cohn, and Steve Mnuchin and his staff, other staffs there. It was a very in-depth conversation…
Then we got right into the depth of tax reform, and the president was adamant from the get go: ‘This is not a tax cut for the rich and I will repeat that, this will not be a tax cut for me or any rich people.’ That kind of started off the conversation and it went pretty good from there.
Willie Geist: What do you do about cutting taxes and not piling onto the debt?
Joe Manchin: You’ve got to compete in the marketplace and we’re in a global market. They want to do something that is competitive that basically gives a purge to the economy. We’re going to have to wait to see the details; we haven’t seen the details.
Later in the day President Trump sat down with his ‘Problem Solvers Caucus,’ a bipartisan group of legislators that he believes can help him avoid partisan gridlock by finding ways the two parties can work together in Congress.
What do you think? Is bipartisanship what America needs? Can President Trump really get the Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve problems in a mutually beneficial way? Or will this just end up coming back to bite the GOP in the end? Republican Presidents have a long history of trying to work with the Democrats only to be sold out when it suits the Democrat Party – think Nixon, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. This kind of “bipartisan” spirit usually only benefits the left, and it almost always ends up hurting the GOP.