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Trump, Dems find common ground on infrastructure

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Published on April 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:56s

Trump, Dems find common ground on infrastructure

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders agreed on Tuesday to spend $2 trillion on roads, bridges, water, broadband and power grids, and will meet again in three weeks to discuss how to pay for the plan, Democratic leaders said.

Nathan Frandino has more.

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Trump, Dems find common ground on infrastructure

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REP.

NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE SPEAKER, SAYING: "We just had a very productive meeting." Amid bitter clashes with President Trump over everything from the Mueller report to immigration to the Democrats' demand for Trump's financial records, on Tuesday a momentary truce.

Top Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer emerged from their first meeting with Trump in months, saying they had made progress with him on one of the few issues both sides agree on: The need to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SEN.

CHUCK SCHUMER, SENATE MINORITY LEADER, SAYING: "First we agreed that infrastructure is crucial to the future of America.

We agreed on a number, which was very, very good.

$2 trillion for infrastructure." It's a far cry from their last meeting in January, when Trump walked out of a meeting with Democrats over their refusal to fund his border wall.

The bad blood led to the longest government shutdown in the nation's history.

But few believe the break from acrimony can last long.

The White House meeting comes only hours after Trump launched his latest volley in the running battle with Democrats.

Trump, his company, and three of his children late Monday filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One.

They're trying to block the the banks from complying with a wave of subpoenas from top Democrats trying to get their hands on Trump's taxes and financial records.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "I say it's enough." In the past Trump has warned Democrats that he would not work with them as long as they are pursuing investigations against him.

But after Tuesday's meeting, Schumer said he thought the two sides could make headway amid the tensions.

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CHUCK SCHUMER, SENATE MINORITY LEADER, SAYING: "In previous meetings, the president has said, 'If these investigations continue, I can't work with you.'

He didn't bring it up.

And so, I believe we can do both at once." Democrats said the two sides had agreed to meet again in three weeks to figure out where to find the money to pay the $2 trillion pricetag for the infrastructure plan, which would have to pass the House and Senate.

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