Lawmakers invited to Camp David for bipartisan meeting

Lawmakers invited to Camp David for bipartisan meeting

White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyChris Wallace presses Mulvaney: Why doesn't Trump give a speech denouncing 'anti-Muslim bigotry'? Officials dismiss criticism that Trump rhetoric to blame for New Zealand attack Kaine says Trump is 'using language that emboldens' white nationalists MORE has invited a bipartisan group of lawmakers to Camp David this weekend for informal meetings, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday.

Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate are expected to huddle with administration officials at the presidential retreat near Thurmont, Md. There is “no agenda” for the gathering, said the official, who declined to name invitees.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE is not expected to attend.


The invitation, which was first reported by Politico, marks one of the first significant efforts to reach across the aisle by the Trump administration since the 35-day government shutdown ended last month.

It comes as tensions between Trump and Democrats are running near an all-time high, with another shutdown possible on Feb. 15 if lawmakers refuse the president’s demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.

Democrats, who took control of the House in January, have also been determined to investigate Trump’s administration and business practices.

But Trump is expected to lay out some bipartisan initiatives in his State of the Union address on Tuesday on areas like drug pricing and infrastructure, and the White House will need to build closer relationships with Democratic lawmakers if they hope to see their proposals become law.

Mulvaney, a former House GOP lawmaker, recently invited a Republican-only to Camp David that included Sens. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordGOP senators eye 'nuclear' move to change rules on Trump nominees Senate GOP goes down to wire in showdown with Trump Overnight Defense: Pentagon seeks B over five years for Space Force | Trump says Warmbier comments 'misinterpreted' | GOP bristles at Trump plan to pay for wall MORE (Okla.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanThe 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget 12 Republican senators defy Trump on emergency declaration  MORE (Ohio), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoPence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution Bipartisan think tank to honor lawmakers who offer 'a positive tenor' Trump tries to win votes in Senate fight MORE (W.Va.), Kevin CramerKevin John CramerOvernight Health Care: Dems demand answers on rule targeting Planned Parenthood | Senators tell FDA to speed approval of generic insulin | Nearly 8 in 10 say drug prices are 'unreasonable' in new poll Senators tell FDA to speed up approvals of generic insulin Trump applauded for walking away from 'bad' North Korea deal MORE (N.D.) and David Perdue (Ga.), according to Politico.

The former South Carolina congressman was elected during the 2010 Tea Party wave and was not known to have strong ties to many Democrats, though he still has relationships with several Republicans with whom he served before entering the administration in 2017.