Like Charlie Brown Kicking Football, Democrats Project Optimism After Trump Infrastructure Meeting

Like Charlie Brown Kicking Football, Democrats Project Optimism After Trump Infrastructure Meeting

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer emerged from the White House early Tuesday afternoon to announce they had…a productive meeting with President Trump? What?

The two Democrats told a crowd of reporters in the White House driveway that the meeting to discuss a massive infrastructure plan had gone well, and that they were pleased with the “positive attitude” of the president and that everyone agreed on the desire “to get something done on infrastructure in a big and bold way.”

The two sides reportedly agreed on the need for a $2 trillion plan to invest in various projects to fix America’s crumbling, well, everything — bridges, roads, buildings, broadband.

Pelosi and Schumer also said they will meet again with Trump in three weeks to discuss how to pay for this big and bold plan.

Most notably, the two leaders said Trump did not bring up any of the various congressional investigations into him, which he is fighting tooth and nail. In the past, the president has threatened to not work with Democrats on anything unless the investigations stop.

Of course this will all likely change the minute Trump is alone with his phone and decides to send some angry tweet blowing the whole thing up.

Also of note, there were no congressional Republicans in the meeting. Mitch McConnell is not likely to go for any plan that commits to spending $2 trillion, and he still controls the Senate.

In short, for all this meeting was hyped, no one should be remotely close to getting excited.

Watch Pelosi and Schumer’s comments in the video up top, via MSNBC.

 

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.