Pelosi And Trump Trade Jabs Over President's 'Temper Tantrum'

Ann Santiago
May 24, 2019

"It just doesn't work that way".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Thursday on CNN that "it's insane" to think infrastructure talks can continue as if Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had not accused Trump of a "cover-up," as Pelosi did Wednesday shortly before the White House meeting.

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.

There was no indication that Democratic lawmakers would back off their investigations of Trump's finances related to his global business empire and the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Trump campaign links to Russian Federation and whether, as president, Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart Mueller's investigation. I'd be really good at that - that's what I do.

Asked on Thursday if a deal on the budget or on the USA debt would get done, Trump said, "We'll see what happens".

Pelosi made no response to Trump's demand that the Democrats halt the investigations, but she followed up the failed meeting by reiterating her claim of a cover-up.

"I don't do cover-ups", Trump told the hastily convened press conference at the White House.

Later, during her weekly presser, Pelosi told reporters, "I'm not going to respond to her".

After less than a minute, he turned back to another aide, Mercedes Schlapp, and asked her what his "attitude" was in the meeting. "Hopefully China will do us the honor of continuing to buy our great farm product, the best, but if not your Country will be making up the difference based on a very high China buy.This money will come from the massive Tariffs being paid to the United States for allowing China, and others, to do business with us".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders knocked Democrats Thursday for their "lunacy" in thinking they can investigate and legislate with the president at the same time.

Trump is effectively demanding that the Democrats abandon even routine oversight of the executive branch-this under conditions where the Trump administration is engaged in the most aggressive assertion of unchecked executive power in modern United States history. But he said, "You can't do it under these circumstances".

President Trump has wanted to do this since he started his administration. But you know what? And Trump appeared to relish the Democratic division in a Wednesday tweet: "The Democrats are getting ZERO work done in Congress".

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on MSNBC that the president is "an erratic, helter-skelter, get-nothing-done" leader. But the real planned show has been the Democrats' obstruction game for the last two-plus years, including Pelosi's comments to irritate Trump earlier in the day.

Most of his fellow Republicans dismiss the investigations as political assaults ahead of the 2020 election.

As Mr Trump stonewalls congressional investigations, Mrs Pelosi has been trying to tamp down increasing clamour among her fellow Democrats for impeachment proceedings.

Congressional Democrats have picked up the mantle of the inquiry, issuing a flurry of subpoenas.

"The Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step towards compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production", Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement on Wednesday.

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