Trump raved about positive news coverage on call to Pelosi, Schumer: report
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A seemingly "upbeat" President Trump raved to top Democratic leaders on Thursday about positive press coverage surrounding their deal struck Wednesday to keep the government running and raise the debt ceiling through December.

Politico reported on Thursday that sources familiar with conversations Trump had Thursday with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) described the phone calls as extremely positive. Trump, they said, indicated that he was willing to work with Democrats on future legislative priorities.

"He seemed super upbeat," one person familiar with the talk told Politico. Another source said Trump told Pelosi that their news coverage had been ever more positive than his.

“The press has been incredible,” Trump reportedly said.

The president shocked Republicans in Congress when he bucked his party and made a deal with Democrats right in front of senior GOP leaders to fund the government through December, raise the debt ceiling and provide billions of dollars in aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.


Democrats, however, have celebrated the victory. Schumer characterized his meeting with the president as a “happy ending” that was for the “good of the nation," while Pelosi told reporters that she was even able to secure a tweet from Trump reassuring dreamers that they would be protected during the six-month drawdown of the program.

“I was telling my colleagues, ‘This is what I asked the president to do,' and boom boom boom, the tweet appeared," Pelosi said at a news conference Thursday.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the phone calls and appeared to fire a warning shot at Republicans, saying that Trump could continue to act "across the aisle" in the future if the GOP can't rally enough votes for Trump's legislative agenda.

"The president spoke to Sens. [Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.) and Schumer as well as Speaker [Paul] Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Pelosi this morning. The president is committed to working across the aisle and doing what is needed to best serve the American people. The president is also having dinner with Speaker Ryan later tonight," she said Thursday.