WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump hosted a bipartisan dinner with six senators Tuesday at the White House to pitch his plan to lower taxes and overhaul the tax code.
His aides noted that he was again reaching across the aisle.
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But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — the key Democrat with whom the GOP president struck a deal last week on the debt ceiling and funding the government — wasn’t invited.
The three Democrats in attendance — Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — were the only senators in the 48-member caucus to withhold their signatures from a letter to Trump that Schumer helped spearhead last month, urging compromise while staking out three conditions.
The three are up for re-election next year and represent states that Trump won in 2016.
“These senators aren’t leadership types, they’re members we believe will be willing to help on tax reform,” a White House spokeswoman told Newsday when asked why New York’s senior senator wasn’t invited.
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