During his imperious Presidency Barack Obama never saw fit to invite Republican Congresspeople to a private meeting. It was beneath him, I guess. After all, how could he villainize them and still allow them a few minutes of his time?
Trump comes from a different place. Elijah Cummings is an outspoken, dedicated progressive who acts like he hates Republicans. But he has an ego and Trump knows a bit about them. By inviting Cummings to a private meeting he has stroked his ego and softened his opposition.
Maybe Trump can negotiate with just about anyone.
“Democrat Representatives Cummings and Welch Meet With President Trump…”
WHITE HOUSE – Today, President Donald J. Trump met with Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in the Oval Office to discuss rising prescription drug prices. This meeting was a result of a January telephone conversation, during which Congressman Cummings said that he and the President, “had more in common than differences.”
Related: “Trump courts former foe Ted Cruz”
President Trump appears to be courting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), his onetime rival, to help sell the House’s healthcare plan to conservatives in Congress.
The president and first lady Melania Trump hosted Cruz, wife Heidi, and their two children for dinner at the White House on Wednesday evening. The social occasion could help smooth over any lingering tension from their nasty 2016 primary.”