In a press conference last month, the president said he had been scheduled to meet with Cummings, but the congressman backed out of the meeting because, in Mr. Trump's telling, "He was probably told, 'Don't meet with Trump". The two lawmaker said the federal government could save as much as $ 16 billion per year if Medicare paid similar rates. Trump used the meeting to talk about how the government, with its buying power, could negotiate for lower prices and a better deal for the taxpayer, the lawmakers at the meeting said.
"He made it clear to us that he wanted to do something", Cummings said, characterizing Trump as "aware of the problem" and "enthusiastic".
The two had been at odds after Trump accused Cummings of cancelling a scheduled meeting because it would be "bad politics" to be seen with the president.
Trump tweeted the day before his meeting with Cummings and Welch that he is "working on a new system where there will be competition" in the drug industry. However, Cummings said the meeting had been pushed back so he and Vermont Sen.
Cummings said he told the president that "all African-American communities are not places of depression and where people are being harmed", expressing his hope that Trump should acknowledge "that most African-American people are doing very, very well".
Cummings on Wednesday to discuss prescription drug prices.
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"What this may do is cause the president to hesitate more when he gets ready to start tweeting", he said.
The statement did not mention Cummings' comments about Trump's language regarding African-American communities or voting.
Cummings and Welch added that they finally have a president who "gets it". "He said, 'I'm going to work with you" - those were his exact words - 'to make this happen'".
"T$3 he thing we do know is a problem is voter suppression and that you can't have any reasonable investigation of voting in the USA unless you deal with that issue", Cummings said.
"Access to affordable medicine is critical to effective care, both in the hospital setting and after patients return home", Miller said.
"We are seeing astronomical increases in some drug prices, sometimes more than 1,000 percent", Miller said.