Published: Fri, May 24, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

President Trump: Once Democrats finish fake investigations, we can start real work

President Trump: Once Democrats finish fake investigations, we can start real work

Calling Trump's decision to abruptly end his White House meeting with Democratic leaders a 'temper tantrum, ' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is praying for the president.

President Trump commented on the situation earlier today and before Pelosi's remarks.

She said that Democrats "remain committed to an historic infrastructure package" and "will continue to work relentlessly on bold, transformative infrastructure solutions that will create good-paying jobs, regardless of the President's behavior".

Trump said it was impossible to work on such legislation as long as Democrats were continuing their "phony" investigations of him.

President Donald Trump delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Washington.

She accused Trump of a variety of impeachable offenses, ranging from obstructing the Mueller investigation of his administration to human rights abuses in separating children from their families at the border. Immediately before that meeting, however, Pelosi attacked the president by telling reporters he was "engaged in a cover-up" in reference to the House of Representatives' investigations against him.

CNBC reported it was supposed to be the second "official sit-down" for the president and Democrat leaders in the U.S. House that focused on repairing roads, bridges and airports.

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"There's a question of the American people understanding that what he's doing is an assault on the Constitution of the United States", Pelosi said, justifying her caucus's widening investigations.

Trump for almost the entirety of his presidency has charged that the FBI special counsel investigation was a "witch hunt".

"I don't do cover-ups", Trump told the members of Congress, and left the meeting.

While both Republicans and Democrats say they want to make serious inroads into improving infrastructure, how to pay for an ambitious proposal is the main wedge between them.

When all that fails, House Democrats now look like they'll wait while the disputes wend slowly through the Courts, maybe all the way to the 5-4 Republican majority Supreme Court, which may well take us beyond the 2020 election.

On Thursday, the speaker said Mr. Trump "pulled a stunt" at the infrastructure meeting in order to distract from Democrats' victories in court over subpoenas for the president's financial information. Saying "We need more facts, documents and witnesses" does indeed look weak and wimpy, which lets Trump look strong and in command.

Even if the House votes to impeach him, two-thirds of the Republican-controlled Senate would have to vote to throw him out - a remote prospect.

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