March 11, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka met President Donald Trump at the White House Mar. 7 and talked about wages, trade policy, and infrastructure—but apparently not about health care.
Trumka told CNN that he’d spoken “about policies that allow Wall Street and corporations to take advantage of workers while lowering wages and stripping workers of rights” and that the two had discussed “workers who are facing stagnant and declining wages, jobs going overseas, and a loss of rights on the job.” Several hours later, however, Trumka denounced the Trump-backed bill to repeal Obamacare, introduced in the House the night before. “Millions of people will lose their health-care coverage thanks to a plan introduced by Congressional Republicans,” he said in a statement. He called the bill a “massive transfer of wealth for working people to Wall Street.” The White House denied reporters access to the meeting, saying “it was just going to be a quick photo op.” Read more