Donald Trump says he can work with Democrats for the good of the country
President Trump said Monday he’s willing to work with House Democrats on trade and other issues that are “good for our country,” seeming to back off his vow last week that he can’t cooperate with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while her troops are investigating him on multiple fronts.
“I think that we will work with them,” Mr. Trump said of congressional Democrats at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. “Certainly, as things get approved, I would love to sign them. I’m only interested in what’s good for our country.”
The president cited his trade deal with Canada and Mexico, one of his top priorities, that is awaiting congressional approval.
“Unions love it. Farmers love it. Manufacturers love it,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s a great deal. I would imagine that Nancy Pelosi will approve that. I would think it would be very hard not to, but we’ll see.”
Last week, Mr. Trump walked out of a White House meeting with Democratic leaders after confronting Mrs. Pelosi for saying that he was “engaged in a coverup” by stonewalling various House investigations. The president announced that he wouldn’t work with Democrats until they “get these phony investigations over with.”
He slammed Mrs. Pelosi at the time for being unable to understand the trade deal because it was “too complicated” for her.
Some prominent Republican allies of the president have been urging him in recent days to work with Democrats despite the tensions that erupted last week over House investigations that could lead to an impeachment effort.
″[If] they say ‘no’ to you, that will help you. If they say ‘yes’ and work with you, that will help the country,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “So I don’t believe that the idea of working with the Democrats should be taken off the table [because] they’re going too far.”
Mr. Trump said Democrats are “very disappointed” with the result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which determined there was no collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
“They can’t get over the fact that I never spoke to Russia, never dealt with Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “The Democrats cannot understand what happened. The only thing you can say about me, that some people may not like, is that I’ve created one of the greatest economies anywhere in the world.”