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Cummings, Trump meeting on drug prices back on

President Trump set to meet with Rep. Cummings. (WJZ)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss prescription drug prices — putting back on the books a meeting that appeared unlikely a few weeks ago.

"The president promised — both during the campaign and after — that he would support efforts to stem the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs, so I am looking forward to discussing ideas he said he supports," the Baltimore lawmaker said Tuesday.

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Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, had been trying to schedule the meeting for weeks. During a press conference last month, Trump suggested Cummings was slow walking the scheduling of the meeting under political pressure.

Cummings "was all excited and then he said, 'Oh, I can't move, it might be bad for me politically. I can't have that meeting,'" Trump said. "I was all set to have that meeting. We called him and called him. Very nice guy."

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Cummings said Tuesday he would be joined by Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont, a Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Dr. Redonda G. Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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