Trump refuses to work with Democrats until they end probes

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2019

Moments later, a livid Trump gathered journalists in the Rose Garden to announce that he could not deal with Democrats as long as they mount "phony investigations" that are increasingly leading to talk of what he called the "i-word" - impeachment. But they were on a collision course long before Wednesday's confrontation in the Cabinet Room.

"Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up", said Trump.

Democratic Representative Gerry Connolly told reporters that Pelosi was working to balance the demands of Democrats in the House.

McGahn's refusal to appear before the Judiciary Committee was the most recent in a growing list of ways the White House has frustrated investigations by the Democrat-controlled House.

That the President had then burst the Meeting to the infrastructure, described the Democrats as the unheard-of process: "What happened in the White house, would your jaw drop", said Schumer to reporters.

She added, in a tone of voice suggesting that Trump, if not Washington as a whole, was on the brink of a breakdown, "I pray for the president of the United States".

Now Trump is putting that confidence to the test.

Sanders said, "It's real simple, you can't go down two tracks". "We do believe it's important to follow the facts, we believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up - in a cover-up".

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Despite Trump's comments Wednesday about ceasing work with Democrats until investigations end, Sanders said "Staff-level conversations continue" on raising the USA debt limit, a critical piece of legislation that will need to be taken up in the coming months. His intransigence has animated more and more Democrats to talk impeachment, even if just to begin proceedings in order to get further access to documents and testimony.

US President Donald Trump cut short a scheduled meeting with top Democrats on infrastructure and announced that he wouldn't attempt any further bipartisanship until the congressional investigations in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report conclude.

The head of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, today accused of covering up Trump, whose intervention before the journalists took place after that fact and of a meeting on infrastructure with the own legislative leader Chuck Schumer, responsible for guiding the Democratic minority in the Senate.

After the blow-up of the meeting and Mr Trump's Rose Garden diatribe, Democrats accused the President of setting them up and expressed concern about his conduct and the long-term outlook for policy making in Washington. Trump was expected to provide the Democrats his ideas on how to pay for it. Schumer said when Trump "was forced to say how he would pay for it he had to run away". He has sold his supporters on a belief that the system - secular society and the government - have worked to hold them down. Asked why Trump couldn't work with Democrats after Pelosi's comments because he felt insulted, Sanders said, "The president's feelings weren't hurt".

"I don't do coverups", Trump fumed.

A freshman Democratic congresswoman, Katie Hill, told the Associated Press after Wednesday's meeting that impeachment was "becoming an inevitability" with every act of defiance from the president. "We will fight him", she said. I don't think he likes it when women aren't taking care of him.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on MSNBC that the president is "an erratic, helter-skelter, get-nothing-done" leader.

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