Fox News host Laura Ingraham gave viewers the rundown about what the Oval Office “showdown” between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders is really all about.
Ingraham spoke about the scheduled Tuesday meeting between the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during a monologue on Fox News’ “The Angle” on Monday, contending that the infrastructure topic is not what is really on the agenda.
(Video: Fox News)
The meeting of the top Democrats with Trump is the first since the contentious encounter in December over funding for the border wall amid a partial government shutdown. And Ingraham did not expect there would be any “kumbaya” moments to emerge from Tuesday’s meet-up which she contended is really just a set-up for the 2020 presidential campaign narrative.
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“My friends, make no mistake. This whole routine tomorrow is as much about setting the narrative for 2020 as it is about getting something done that is traditionally a bipartisan effort, infrastructure,” Ingraham said.
“If infrastructure spending can pay for itself by stimulating the economy, creating its own revenue stream, well, I guess you can make the argument for it. But if not, we shouldn’t do the infrastructure spending, at least not right now,” she added. “Democrats and Republicans are addicted to spending your money, albeit they have different priorities.”
Ingraham argued that there is “no end to this spending” and despite all the talk, “no one ever does anything about it.”
Pelosi and Schumer plan to use the meeting Tuesday to “gain maximum political benefit,” she noted, adding that their “true aim is to set up whomever the Democratic nominee is as the defender of the working men and women against the rich executives.”
“And considering Biden’s performance,” she added, referring to former Vice President Joe Biden, “he needs all the help he can get.”
The 2020 Democratic hopeful “tried mightily to convince you that this time, he has all the answers,” Ingraham said of Biden, airing a clip of him telling rally-goers his “pitch” amid a booming economy under Trump.
“I think we have to – I think we have to rethink how we define what constitutes a successful economy,” he told supporters at a Pittsburgh rally.
“Well, that’s convenient, right?” Ingraham asked. “If you can’t beat him, as in Trump’s economic numbers, just change the way everything is scored because by traditional metrics — I’m talking GDP, wage growth, unemployment numbers and the stock market — Trump should be a lock for 2020.”
“And what can we expect under a President Biden? What will he deliver? Well, say goodbye to ‘America first’ trade policies that are working. Biden was a big advocate of that boondoggle known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership that would’ve offshored jobs to places like Malaysia and Vietnam,” the Fox News host explained.
“Bye-bye to the tariffs that have forced cheating countries to the table. And Biden would ditch all the protections for American workers-founded deals like the USMCA. So, if you’re one of the 450,000 Americans with a new manufacturing job, your future will be far from certain under Biden,” she added.
Ingraham slammed Biden for refusing to accept that all of the dire predictions about a Trump economy have been complete failures, and that now the Democrat launching his third bid for the White House has to toss “magic reality altering dust” into the air to convince voters “that this isn’t one of the best times ever to be an American who is willing to work.”
“And by the way, it is,” Ingraham declared.
Biden’s vow to change Trump’s economy, despite its success and benefit to Americans, Ingraham said, is just another step in the strategy by Democrats behind Tuesday’s meeting to propose a “framework for a massive infrastructure package” which Pelosi predicted could cost about $2 trillion.
“Democrats also want to expand the definition of what infrastructure is, beyond, in other words, fixing bridges roads and airports to include things like enhancing broadband, water systems, schools and housing. Why not? Why stop there?” Ingarham said. “And predictably, Democrats want the cost to be borne by people — meaning you — by doing what? Raising taxes, of course.”
Following Tuesday’s meeting, Pelosi and Schumer revealed that they came to an agreement with the president on the $2 trillion deal but needed to work out the details.
“We agreed that we would meet again to talk about how it would be paid for,” Pelosi told reporters Tuesday.
PELOSI to reporters outside the West Wing after Trump mtg: “We agreed that we would meet again to talk about how it would be paid for.”
SCHUMER: “We agreed on a number: $2 trillion for infrastructure.” pic.twitter.com/T6WSYSZ8dw
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) April 30, 2019
The Democrats also indicated that a follow-up meeting would take place in about three weeks. The White House confirmed the information.
White House says in statement on Trump’s meeting with Dem leaders on infrastructure:
“We will have another meeting in 3 weeks to discuss specific proposals and financing methods.”
“…also agreed to a meeting in the near future to discuss prescription drug prices.”
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) April 30, 2019
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