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Pocan Says He Can ‘Absolutely’ Work With Trump

Congressman Says Areas Of Common Ground Could Include Prescription Drug Reform, Infrastructure

Mark Pocan
Andy Manis/AP Photo

Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan of Madison says he believes he can work with President-elect Donald Trump, even though he’s not attending Trump’s inauguration.

Pocan said Thursday he’s not attending the inauguration for a few reasons, including the President-elect’s “Twitter habit,” “trivializing” of findings that Russia interfered in the presidential election and negative comments about Georgia Congressman John Lewis.

But Pocan said he still thinks he can work with Trump on certain issues, including negotiating better prescription drug prices for consumers.

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The congressman called Trump “a very good negotiator.”

“I can absolutely work with him,” Pocan said. “If he is sincere, and I think he is, about pharmaceutical companies … we should be able to negotiate better drug prices, and we couldn’t as part of past things that have happened in Congress.”

Pocan also said he thinks he can work with the President-elect on issues like infrastructure and renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Rather than attending the inauguration on Friday, Pocan said he plans to volunteer at a local food pantry.