Sanders will 'absolutely' work with Trump to lower prescription drug costs

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday he would “absolutely” work with President Trump to pass legislation to lower prescription medication costs.

“President Trump, come on board,” Sanders told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” “Let's work together. Let's end the absurdity of Americans paying by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.”

Sanders pointed to proposed legislation that would lower costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.


“I've introduced legislation that would allow pharmacists and distributors to buy lower-cost medicine from around the world,” Sanders said.

Trump, who met with pharmaceutical company executives in late January, told them that the cost of drugs has been far too high.

Sanders just a few weeks earlier called on Trump to support his legislation.

"If Mr. Trump is serious about taking on PhRMA, if Mr. Trump is serious about having Medicare ... negotiate prescription drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry, we are going to have very shortly very significant legislation to do just that. I would hope that Mr. Trump would join us and support that legislation,” Sanders said.