Pelosi and Schumer were furious after a meeting with Trump about infrastructure turned out to be a setup for his fiery Rose Garden speech

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats left a meeting at the White House on Wednesday furious with President Donald Trump’s refusal to work on infrastructure as long as there are multiple investigations into him.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters in the Capitol that Trump “came up with this preplanned excuse,” adding: “It’s clear that this was not a spontaneous move on the president’s part. It was planned.”
  • Pelosi characterised Trump as lacking confidence and being disrespectful of “Congress and the White House working together.”
  • Moments after the meeting, Trump went to the Rose Garden to demand an end to the many investigations Democrats are conducting. White House staff handed out fact sheets about the special counsel’s Russia investigation, which Trump has routinely characterised as a witch hunt.
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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats left a meeting at the White House on Wednesday furious with President Donald Trump’s refusal to work on infrastructure as long as there are multiple investigations into him.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the meeting a ruse, describing the scene as a setup for Trump to air his grievances, tell off the Democrats, and immediately depart for a speech in the White House’s Rose Garden to rail against the investigations involving his administration.


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Schumer said that Trump “came up with this preplanned excuse.”

“It’s clear that this was not a spontaneous move on the president’s part. It was planned,” Schumer told reporters in the Capitol. “When we got in the room, the curtains were closed. The president – there was a place for him at the front so he could stand and attempt to tell us why he wouldn’t do infrastructure. And of course then he went to the Rose Garden with prepared signs that had been printed up long before our meeting.”

Schumer added: “He is looking for every excuse, whether it was let’s do trade first, or whether it was he’s not going to pay for any funding, or whether, today, that there are investigations going on. Hello, there were investigations going on three weeks ago when we met, and he still met with us.”

Pelosi characterised Trump as lacking confidence and being disrespectful of “Congress and the White House working together.”

“He just took a pass,” Pelosi said. “And it just makes me wonder why he did that.”

Moments after the meeting, Trump went to the Rose Garden to demand an end to the many investigations Democrats are conducting. White House staff handed out fact sheets about the special counsel’s Russia investigation, which Trump has routinely characterised as a witch hunt.

Trump also said impeachment proceedings, if they were to begin, would set a dangerous precedent for presidents, regardless of their political party.

“There’s a danger here,” he said. “If someday a Democrat becomes president and you have a Republican House, they can impeach him for any reason – or her.”


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The tense back-and-forth between Trump and Democratic congressional leaders is rapidly approaching a boiling point. Democrats are increasingly demanding that impeachment proceedings begin as the White House stonewalls investigations and oversight inquiries.

But Pelosi and other top Democrats are still trying to tamp down on impeachment talk, even as Trump refuses to cooperate with both oversight and legislative agenda items like infrastructure.

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