At a time when Democrats in Washington are at odds over trade policy, gun control and health care, Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, and Senator Charles E. Schumer, her top counterpart in the Senate, met behind closed doors Thursday with President Trump to discuss an infrastructure bill.
What they did not talk about was much else: Obamacare, a tax cut, a bill to combat the opioid epidemic.
It was left unclear whether they had any more substantive exchange on the controversial issues with which they have sparred in recent weeks, or if they only discussed the surface issues on their agenda.
Even with relatively little agreement, the meeting received considerable press attention.
“Pelosi, Schumer on tracks for infrastructure bill, but trade a sticking point,” one headline read. “Bipartisan talks remain stalled,” another declared.
The White House reported in a tweet that the two lawmakers “discussed cooperation on two major priority bills they’re working on together,” an infrastructure proposal and a healthcare bill that would replace the current system.
Mr. Trump met with Schumer and Pelosi separately on Wednesday, and without the apparent progress they expected to make on infrastructure. He and Pelosi resumed talks at the White House later in the day.
And both women remained out of sight Thursday, clearly unhappy with the lack of progress on their agenda, but not entirely surprised by it. They had complained for months about the White House, under Mr. Trump’s leadership, not pursuing legislation to address various concerns, from immigration to infrastructure.
A White House official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, pointed to actions the administration took Wednesday to, at least in the Democrats’ terms, show sympathy for their goals. The White House distributed a legislative overview of the opioid abuse bill and laid out its proposal for an infrastructure package.