Pollster says Trump, Dems unlikely to reach deals when new House takes over

Pollster Rob Griffin said on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE and House Democrats are unlikely to reach a compromise on issues, despite Trump saying he wanted to work with Democrats on Wednesday. 

"I think this is an olive branch, but in a very political sense," Griffin, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"This is making an offer that he knows will never be taken up. It's essentially positioning himself to say 'you know, I made this first move to extend an olive branch, and look, they just burned it right in front of me by starting all of these investigations, " he continued. 

Trump said in a press conference on Wednesday that he would be open to working with Democrats, who took control of the House but saw Republicans expand their majority in the Senate.

"Hopefully we can all work together next year to continue delivering for the American people, including on economic growth, infrastructure, trade, lowering the cost of prescription drugs," Trump said.

"The Democrats will come to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for health care, a plan for whatever they're looking at and we'll negotiate," he said. 

Democrats during the midterms vowed to investigate the Trump administration through oversight in the House. 

— Julia Manchester