Democrats aren’t interested in legislating, and Trump knows it – Washington Examiner

There’s no doubt President Trump pulled a stunt on Wednesday.

He invited congressional leaders House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to the White House under the pretext of negotiating an infrastructure bill, only to emerge minutes later declaring there would be no deal unless Democrats stop their endless charade about Russia and tax returns.

But at least the public knows that Democrats have a choice: They can legislate and secure a win on an agenda item they’ve been pushing for since the Obama years, or they can keep up the political game over the nonexistent Russia conspiracy and continue digging for Trump’s tax papers.

No, they can’t have it all. Politics is a business of trade-offs, and I don’t know a single person who would give me something I want if they know I’m going to go on TV immediately after and call them a lying criminal. But that’s what Democrats are asking for.

The endless probes into Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russia collusion that never was, his tax history, and his personal business is exactly today what it was two years ago: political.

It has worked. Trump’s presidency is handicapped by the accusation that he worked with Russia to steal the 2016 election, even if he was cleared. There’s a perpetual cloud over the White House with Democrats pushing conspiracy theories about Trump and his family, their businesses, and personal lives.

And for that he’s supposed to do what? Hand Democrats a $2 trillion package on national infrastructure? The legislation has upsides for everyone but more so for Democrat who have pushed the cause for years. But what does Trump have to gain from it if Democrats are going to attempt to embarrass him at every turn before the 2020 election?

Pelosi left the meeting Wednesday stating that she will “pray” for Trump. Well, I’m sure he’s grateful for that.

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