Trump Walks Out on Pelosi and Schumer After 3 Minutes
President Trump left a meeting with Democratic leaders after three minutes, lashing out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing him of a “cover-up.”
The confrontation came on a day when pressure over a possible impeachment effort raised temperatures on both sides of the aisle.
Video: ‘I Don’t Do Cover-Ups’: Trump Responds to Pelosi’s Accusation:
President Trump spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden after walking out of a scheduled meeting with Democratic congressional leaders to discuss infrastructure. Before the meeting, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of engaging in a cover-up.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump abruptly blew up a scheduled meeting with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday, lashing out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing him of a cover-up and declaring that he could not work with them until they stopped investigating him.
He then marched out into the Rose Garden, where reporters had been gathered, and delivered a statement bristling with anger as he demanded that Democrats “get these phony investigations over with.” He said they could not legislate and investigate at the same time. “We’re going to go down one track at a time,” he said.
The confrontation came on a day when pressure over a possible impeachment effort raised temperatures on both sides of the aisle. Ms. Pelosi arrived at the White House for a session with the president set to talk about infrastructure shortly after meeting with restive House Democrats on Capitol Hill to talk about impeachment. She emerged from that meeting with Democrats accusing Mr. Trump of a “cover-up.”
When she and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, arrived at the White House, Mr. Trump was loaded for bear. He walked into the Cabinet Room and did not shake anyone’s hand or sit in his seat, according to a Democrat informed about the meeting. He said that he wanted to advance legislation on infrastructure, trade and other matters, but that Ms. Pelosi had said something “terrible” by accusing him of a cover-up, according to the Democrat.