House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., launched a new attack on President Trump early Wednesday, insisting that she had to investigate his “cover-up,” and since it was only a few minutes before congressional leaders were scheduled to meet with the president about an infrastructure bill, things didn’t go well.
“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump told the members of Congress and left the meeting.
CNBC reported it was supposed to be the second “official sit-down” for the president and Democratic House leaders focused on repairing roads, bridges and airports.
“I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, ‘I want to do infrastructure’ … but we can’t do it under these circumstances,'” Trump revealed in a Rose Garden news conference.
He explained he would not negotiate on legislation with Democrats while they insist on continuing various “investigations,” which follow the special counsel’s finding that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia.
Trump’s remarks followed by only a few minutes Pelosi’s fresh claim, “We believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”
Her comment referenced Trump’s opposition to Democrats in Congress having unlimited time to grill White House aides.
“According to a White House official who spoke to CNBC on condition of anonymity, the meeting in the Cabinet room lasted only about seven minutes. Trump effectively said to the visiting Democrats that he wanted to do infrastructure, ‘but you’re focused on investigating. When you’re done we can talk. Meeting over,'” the report said.
CNBC said Democrats then held an “impromptu event” in which Pelosi and Schumer said the meeting “would make your jaw drop.”
Trump for nearly the entirety of his presidency has charged that the special counsel investigation was a “witch hunt.”
An investigation of the origins of the false Russia claims has been launched by Attorney General William Barr. It includes a look at the anti-Trump dossier funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign that was used by the Obama Justice Department and FBI to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.
DailyMail.com reported that during the meeting, Trump showed Democrats “the back of his hand.”
“Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer claimed the president’s storm-out was a setup and he never intended to negotiate over infrasctructure spending in the first place,” DailyMail.com said.
Trump said his goal with scheduling the meeting was to “fund refurbishment and replacement of infrastructure like roads, tunnels, bridges and airports,” the report said.