Trump Vows Bipartisanship in 2018 Even If He Has to Rely Entirely on Republicans to Do It

President Donald Trump today said he wants to put the partisan bickering behind him and focus on policy goals both sides can agree on, like infrastructure investment. “It’s important for the country that we work together,” he said at a White House breakfast with Republican and Democratic leaders to welcome in the new year. “Americans want us to come together and I plan to do that—with or without the Democrats.”

Trump said it would be nice if the Democrats were part of the effort to be bipartisan, but he’s not counting on it. “Frankly, we can do it without them,” he said. “We have shared goals. We want better airports. We want first-class airports, the best airports in the world. We’ll get those whether we have help from the Democrats or not. We’d rather work together.”

Chuck Schumer (N,Y.), minority leader in the Senate, said Democrats stand ready to work with their colleagues across the aisle but there are preconditions, including protecting the Dreamers, the illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children and were given protection against deportation until Trump threatened to end the program unless Congress passed a permanent solution. “Bipartisanship doesn’t mean Democrats give away everything to Republicans,” he said. “That’s ransom.”

Mitch McConnell (Ky.), the Senate majority leader, said the two sides have common ground now that Republicans have gotten their priorities accomplished by acting on their own. “We have a conservative Supreme Court judge, a comprehensive tax cut, and we’ve repealed the individual mandate in Obamacare,” he said. “We’re ready to work with our colleagues.”

Trump said Americans won’t blame the Republican party if the Democrats won’t find common ground with Republicans. “I think I have a finely honed political sense,” he said. “I think I know what the American people want, and they want us to work together, even if we have to go it alone as Republicans.”

In his first act of bipartisanship, Trump accused Democrats of sabotaging a bipartisan infrastructure fix by demanding they have a part in drafting the plan. “They don’t remember Crooked Hillary lost the election?” Trump said. “Bipartisanship is a two-way street. We won. They lost. They’re only hurting themselves by forgetting that.”

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