Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, is going against Democratic leadership in the Senate by saying he’s willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump on some issues.
Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate Chuck Schumer said last week, “The only way we’re going to work with [Trump] is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues.” Sanders did not take such a hard-line position.
Asked if there was “any opportunity” to work with the incoming administration, Sanders told MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “I see some, sure.”
“I don’t think it makes sense to say we aren’t going to work in any way, in any form, with the Trump administration,” Sanders said. “Trump has talked appropriately about a collapsing infrastructure — our roads, bridges and water systems. If he is prepared to work with us on rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, and creating millions of jobs, and doing it in a way that doesn’t privatize our infrastructure or give tax breaks to billionaires; yes, lets work together.”
Continuing, Sanders added, “Obviously Trump has talked a lot about our failed trade policy – NAFTA and permanent normal trade relations with China. If he is prepared to work with us on a trade policy which works for the American worker, and not just the CEO of large, multinational corporations, let’s work together on those areas.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 12, 2017