Trump initiates meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings on high drug costs

President Donald Trump spoke with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) at an inaugural luncheon Friday and requested the two meet to discuss the high price of prescription drugs, reports The Hill.

Rep. Cummings is an outspoken advocate of government action to combat high drug costs. He has partnered with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to introduce legislation against high drug costs.

President Trump's apparent willingness to collaborate with Rep. Cummings upends the GOP's typical position against government regulation of drug prices. At a Jan. 11 press conference, President Trump called for Medicare to negotiate drug prices — a stance most Republican lawmakers oppose, reports The Hill.

If President Trump and Rep. Cummings do create legislation on drug prices, it's unclear what could actually pass in a Republican-controlled Congress, according to the report.

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