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Trump and Pelosi can still work together, but an infrastructure deal is likely not happening, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says

Trump and Pelosi can still work together, but an infrastructure deal is likely not happening, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says

CNBC.com
UPDATED WED, JUN 12 2019  11:56 AM EDT
Jacob Pramuk

KEY POINTS

  • White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have to work together even though efforts to pass an infrastructure plan are probably “done.”
  • He says they will have to cooperate on raising the debt ceiling, passing a budget and approving the USMCA trade deal.
  • Pelosi says she is “done” with talking about Trump because he wants to divert attention away from critical issues.

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney thinks efforts to strike an infrastructure deal with congressional Democrats are probably “done” after talks blew up last month.

Still, he said Tuesday that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have to cooperate on pressing issues in the coming months — from passing a budget to approving trade agreements.

“But we will have to work with them on the spending matter. So there’s a bunch of stuff we’ll do. It’s just the infrastructure,” Mulvaney told CNBC’s Eamon Javers at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit.

The White House official also said, “We’re trying to work with” Democrats on passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. Pelosi and members of her caucus have showed skepticism about ratifying Trump’s replacement for NAFTA amid concerns about how it would affect labor and environmental protections, as well as pharmaceutical prices... FULL ARTICLE

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