White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fiercely defended President Trump's dinner meetings with Democrats on Wednesday — even as Republicans have been left waiting for an invite. Nevertheless, "the idea that the Republican ideas are not represented in that room is ridiculous," Sanders insisted, pointing out that Trump himself is a Republican.
The question came in response to reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are meeting Trump at the White House on Wednesday night to discuss health care, the DREAM Act, and other pressing issues. Democrats also joined Trump for dinner Tuesday night, when Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) met to discuss issues like retirement security and keeping jobs in the U.S.