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Cummings contradicts Trump over meeting on drug prices

February 17th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

President Donald Trump blamed Rep. Elijah E. Cummings on Thursday for failing to schedule a meeting about the cost of prescription drugs, suggesting the Baltimore Democrat didn't want to come to the White House because it was "bad politics."

Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, disputed that characterization, saying the president had made it up. The congressman said he has been waiting to schedule a meeting until he has crafted a prescription drug bill for the president to consider.

Cummings said he still hopes the two will discuss the issue, on which there appears to be some common ground.

Trump's comments on Cummings came during a freewheeling, 80-minute press conference at the White House in which the president vowed to address damaging leaks that have come from within his administration and announced he would issue a new travel ban next week to replace the controversial executive order a federal appeals court blocked last week.

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