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Trump to Meet With Pai in Oval Office

Comes in advance of Senate oversight hearing this week

Pres. Donald Trump will meet with FCC chairman Ajit Pai Monday afternoon in the Oval Office, according to the White House.

No word on what the meeting is about, but it will be a busy week outside of the FCC for the chairman, who in addition to heading to the White House will be on Capitol Hill Wednesday along with the other commissioners for a Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing.

The President, as a candidate, talked about blocking the AT&T-Time-Warner deal, but the FCC’s role in that deal will likely be limited to advising the Justice Department since the companies say the deal won’t have to be submitted for a public interest review with the FCC.

Pai has been actively targeting some of former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s signature regulatory moves, including a broadband privacy framework he plans to recraft and an expansion of Lifeline subsidies he has put on hold, arguing the FCC first needs to get a better handle on preventing waste, fraud and abuse.

Pai has pledged to take a weed whacker to unneeded regulations, which fits with the president’s promise to get rid of “job-killing” regulations.

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