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Trump Walks Out On WH Meeting, Fires Back At Nancy Pelosi: “I Don’t Do Coverups”


Trump has never been one to let slander slide.

On Wednesday, following Nancy Pelosi’s ungrounded accusation that President Trump is “engaged in a cover-up” – a comment that she made just after meeting with her fellow Democrats to discuss potential impeachment proceedings – Trump stormed out of a meeting he was holding with Democrats, including Pelosi.

According to Trump, he confronted Pelosi at the meeting before walking out, telling her to, “get these phony investigations over with.” 

Trump then held a news conference in the Rose Garden, where he declared, “I don’t do cover-ups,” and called the Dems’ Russian Collusion narrative, “a take down attempt at the president of the United States.”

Check out the president’s impromptu Rose Garden press conference in full here (Trump’s response to Pelosi starts at 1:26, but the whole speech is worth the watch!):

Pelosi responded to Trump's meeting walk-out by calling it a "temper tantrum" and said that she is praying for the president.

Trump didn't let that go.

Later on, the president took to Twitter to further slam down Pelosi, Schumer, and the Democrats regarding their insistence on continuing with the Russia collusion narrative despite Trump's exoneration by the Mueller Report.

Take a look:

The New York Post had the following to say about the situation:

President Trump on Wednesday ripped House Democrats for continuing investigations into his administration and shot back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who claimed that he is “engaged in a cover-up.”

“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump declared during a hastily arranged news conference in the Rose Garden.

The president said he was ready to attend a meeting with Democrats on infrastructure at the White House with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer right after she made the comments.

Trump said he walked into the room and told Pelosi and Schumer that he couldn’t talk about an infrastructure plan after the House speaker accused him of stonewalling the congressional investigations.

“I want to do infrastructure, more than you want to do it,” Trump said he told the two Democratic congressional leaders. “I would be really good at that. That’s what I do. But you know what? You can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with.”

At the meeting, Trump didn’t shake anybody’s hands or take a seat during the three minutes he was in the room, according to a source.

He acknowledged that Pelosi wanted to work on infrastructure, the farm bill and trade agreements, but confronted her about the cover-up remarks.

The Hill has more details on Pelosi's response to Trump walking out on her:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday accused President Trump of begging for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings against him as a strategy for distracting the public from the many scandals dogging his administration.

Pelosi said Trump's decision to break off infrastructure talks with Democratic leaders at the White House the previous day was based on his frustration that the Speaker has no intention of starting the impeachment process.

"There's no question: the White House is just crying out for impeachment. That's why he flipped yesterday, because he was just hoping," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.

Pelosi said Trump began forecasting a breakdown in the infrastructure talks on Tuesday when he sent Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) a letter arguing that any infrastructure package should wait until a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico is finalized. 

"That was a strange juxtaposition," she said. 

When that failed to dissuade the Democrats seeking an infrastructure deal, Pelosi said the president leaned on comments she'd made shortly before a scuttled meeting at the White House on Wednesday – when she accused him of a "cover-up" – to blow up the infrastructure talks.

"He's a master of distraction. ... That's something he does well; to distract from problems that he has he tries to change the subject," she said. "And while he tried to say it's because I said 'cover-up' — we've been saying 'cover-up' for a while."

Pelosi said Trump has also been frustrated with a series of recent court cases that have come down in favor of the Democrats seeking information from the administration to guide their investigations.

"I think what really got to him was ... these court cases and the fact that the House Democratic Caucus is not on a path to impeachment, and that's where he wants us to be," she said. "And when he saw that that was not happening, that — again, with the cover-up, which he understands is true — just struck a chord." 

Trump walked out of the meeting on Wednesday and blasted Pelosi for her comments alleging a "cover-up." The president told reporters in the White House Rose Garden that "I don't do cover-ups." He later took to Twitter to accuse Pelosi of lying when she said he had a "temper tantrum."

The meeting had been planned three weeks ago following a decidedly more cordial sit-down between Trump, Pelosi and Schumer, during which the three powerbrokers agreed to begin work on a massive $2 trillion infrastructure package with hopes of moving it this year.

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