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Democratic Reps. are Optimistic Following Meeting with President Trump

Democratic Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Peter Welch (D-VT) both sounded optimistic about working with President Trump on lowering prescription drug prices following a meeting with the President that occurred on Wednesday.

Cummings and Welch appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday to discuss their meeting.

“I thought that he was very enthusiastic about our proposal to allow Medicare to negotiate for drug prices just as they do with VA and Medicaid, and he saw — he was very clear with regard to the issue,” Cummings told the panel.

Cummings went on to say, “He knew the facts, and as a matter of fact, he was even supportive of a proposal that we did not bring to him, and that was one that Bernie Sanders and I had been working on.”

“He had Secretary Price there, and he basically said to Secretary Price, get it done. And so I don’t know how much more you can ask,” Cummings concluded.

“You know, President Trump is a businessman, and he gets it, that you don’t buy wholesale and pay retail. And Medicare is the biggest purchaser of prescription drugs, and he also gets [that the] basic free market principle is that buyer and seller negotiate,” Welch said.

“The other thing I thought was very encouraging to me, he spoke about this in human terms,” Welch added.