EPIC SHOWDOWN: Trump Storms Out Of Meeting With Democrats; Gives Surprise Presser, Blasts Pelosi Over “I” Word Meeting


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President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, flatly declaring he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia report.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it all “very, very, very strange” and said she was praying for Trump and the nation. Trump tweeted his thanks for her prayers but said he would not proceed down two tracks — investigation and legislation.

Democrats said his ultimatum seemed scripted, with signs declaring his innocence already prepared for his outdoor remarks that followed. Yet Trump’s unease with congressional oversight and talk of what he called the “i-word” — impeachment — now threatens to deprive him of legislative accomplishments for the remainder of his term.

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The scene playing out live on television was reminiscent of earlier ones at the White House, including during the federal government shutdown, when Trump walked out on Democrats. While this standoff could benefit him politically in the short term, with his tough talk stirring up supporters, it leaves his trade deals, a new budget and other goals in jeopardy as he heads into a re-election campaign. Democrats called it another Trump temper tantrum.

“I want to do infrastructure,” Trump said he told Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, noting the scheduled topic of the meeting.

“But you know what? We can’t do it under these circumstances,” he said he told them. “So get these phony investigations over.”

Without ever shaking anyone’s hand, or even taking a seat, Trump turned and left the three-minute meeting. He strode to the Rose Garden where reporters and TV cameras had been assembled and proceeded to assail the Democrats, particularly Pelosi for her comment earlier in the morning on Capitol Hill that she believed the president was engaged in a “cover-up” of the Russia probe.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump fumed.

On Twitter late Wednesday, Trump denied Pelosi’s claim that he had “a temper tantrum for us all to see.”

“I was purposely very polite and calm, much as I was minutes later with the press in the Rose Garden,” he tweeted. “Can be easily proven. It is all such a lie!”

On Capitol Hill, Pelosi said Trump “just took a pass” on working on national infrastructure problems.

Flanked by Schumer and other House and Senate leaders, Pelosi said the Democrats had gone to the White House “to give this president the opportunity to have a signature infrastructure initiative.”

The meeting had been set weeks ago, after Trump and the Democratic leaders agreed to talk further about a possible $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. Democrats have been working with the president’s daughter Ivanka, and Trump was due to provide his ideas on how to pay for it.

But he told them he couldn’t engage on infrastructure because Pelosi said “something terrible,” according to an administration official and another person familiar with what happened in the room.

Democrats said they doubted he actually was ever going to put forward a plan. Schumer — who brought his own 35-page proposal to the meeting — said that when Trump “was forced to say how he would pay for it he had to run away.”

What started as a challenging day for Pelosi as she tries to tamp down growing calls for an impeachment inquiry swiftly turned, with the attention going back on the president. Even some Republicans noted the shift.

“In the end we’ve got work to do,” said Sen. John Cornyn, who called the meeting dramatic. “And I think the best thing we could do for the people we work for is to try to make progress where we can.”

Earlier Wednesday, House Democrats had convened for a closed-door meeting amid Trump’s stonewalling of their investigators, as a growing number of the party’s lawmakers say they want to open an impeachment inquiry. They say it’s not necessarily aimed at removing the president from office but to bolster their position in court against his blocking their probes with broad claims of immunity. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York spoke up at the meeting, and some two dozen Democrats have signed on to the idea.

With her leadership team, Pelosi, who has resisted pressure to impeach, suggested patience. She pointed rank-and-file Democrats toward the legal battles that she said have already found success i n forcing Trump to comply with investigations.

“We do believe it’s important to follow the facts,” Pelosi told reporters afterward. “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.”

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the White House cannot block subpoenas for Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank, which has lent his real estate company millions of dollars. On Monday a federal judge also ruled against Trump in a separate financial records dispute with Congress, though his team filed a notice of appeal that is expected to keep the court battles running for months.

Pelosi said the court victories were “no surprise.”

The Democrats leaving that Capitol meeting appeared to be taking hers words into consideration, even as many say the march to impeach becomes more inevitable. Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, who called for the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, said he could see both sides.

Of leaders’ reluctance, Cohen said “it’s a political concern rather than an actual constitutional one.”

Rep. Katie Hill, a freshman from a California swing district, said she is undecided on starting an impeachment inquiry but wants to let the court action play out.

The more Trump “defies us, the more that it’s becoming an inevitability,” she said. But she doesn’t think the Democratic caucus “is there yet.”

Pelosi faces her own political calculations amid the push-pull of impeachment. While Democrats have a majority in the House, and would likely find support for starting impeachment proceedings, it could be a tighter vote than the 235-197 margin suggests. Many lawmakers come from relatively conservative districts where Trump also has support.

Democrats have long said they can work on two tracks — conducting oversight and legislating on their agenda of lower health care costs and infrastructure investment. But Trump says they can’t do both.

“They can continue the Witch Hunt … or get back to work,” Trump tweeted.

Pelosi showed no signs of backing down.

“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up, and that could be impeachable,” Pelosi said during an event later at the liberal Center for American Progress.

“As they say, the cover-up is frequently worse than the crime,” she said. She reminded that the third article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon was his obstruction of Congress.



  1. Trump is in no danger being removed from office since so far all they can accuse him of is lack of political correctness (this would change in Trump ignored an order from the Supreme Court, but so far the Supreme Court seems more likely to back up Trump’s positions). The trick for Trump is to make sure that he can blame anything that goes wrong on the Democrats (e.g. if only they had passed my budget, but they were too busy wasting time with impeachment). The Democrats prying into Trump’s private life will alienate voters who don’t like the government prying into their own lives, which probably expalins why the Clinton impeachment backfired.

  2. A degenerate lying adulterous meglomaniac sits in the Oval office. Basically he’s declared a government shutdown.
    He doesn’t cover up? Where are his tax returns? Where are records of security clearances? What did he talk privately with Putin about? Why did he pay off the women? Why did he say he had no business dealings with Russia?

  3. rt – i think you need to read up on the definition of a cover up…
    the Mueller investigation is the most intensive investigation in the history of this country, and he found nothing. now they want to re investigate the same people…????

  4. His props failed to mention the number of people sitting in prison, the number of guilty pleas and indictments, that the investigation more than paid for itself and that his golf trips cost 4 times what the investigation cost.

  5. Hey rt why don’t we examine those in prison it had nothing to do with collusion or the russia hoax they bankrupted people because they wouldn’t make up a false narrative that you’re pushing… why should he release his tax returns that show his business dealings so that you’ll find other hoaxes to fit your sick warped mind wasn’t slimy Obama caught on a hot mike colluding with Putin or the millions in cash he secretly shipped off to Iranian mullahs isn’t that colluding with our arch enemy ( not yours) … get a life and stop posting false vile venomous content

  6. this is why people do not want to undergo unnecessary investigations, you can do no crime and yet be accused of obstruction.

    The ones that are jailed, if they would not have lied they would have not been accused of anything.

    So there is no underlying crime, yet you will be subjected to many interviews and investigations with the risk of being accused about something completely unrelated, which would not have been a crime if the investigation would not have been in the first place.

  7. LOL – “A surprise presser” with printed cards about the cost of the Mueller investigation.
    More Americans voted for Hillary than for him. Republicans can’t get over that .
    Many of his administration and employees are in jail or are going to jail. He will also go to jail after he leaves office. Republicans can’t get over that .
    The Russians assisted him to get elected. Republicans can’t get over that.
    He has done more cover-ups than all the presidents combined.
    The Republicans will let him get away with anything he wants.

  8. What a showboater. He could have just cancelled the meeting and explained to the participants why. Instead he plans a presser and has some duplicitous visual aids. I’m glad that the majority of voters didn’t fall for his lies at election time. My hope the rule of law can survive in this country until he’s been replaced.

  9. Jackk
    Here are the numbers
    Donald J. Trump Republican 62,980,160
    Hillary R. Clinton Democratic 65,845,063
    Hillary won the popular vote by 2.865m votes

    Now In the words of none other than Nancy Pelosi
    In new York and California if a republican ran against a glass of water with a D on it, the water would win.
    So let’s remove those two states from the mix and see the picture

    California gave Hillary a lead of 4.27m votes (greater than her entire win lead)

    New York have Hillary a lead of 1.736m votes

    Together those two states where according to the number one democrat in office today are a clear gimme for the democrats, gave Hillary a lead of over 6 million votes.

    Put in other words, if you remove those two states where there is really no contest, she loses to Donald Trump by 3.142m votes

    Or again in other words, excepting those two non contests, she loses to the Donald by a larger number than she won when including those non contest areas.

    I know it’s hard to hear. It’s even harder to follow cause you need to think and understand to get it. But that’s actually why we have an electoral college.
    To prevent this exact scenario. Where (in this case) two states, hardly representative of the diversity of the country, would actually sway the election.

    In reality ,in the courtroom of the diverse opinions in this country Hillary lost big time

  10. Forget about Mueller. His own U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York named the Trumpkopf as “Individual No. 1” who paid off Stormy Daniels $129,000 through Michael Cohen to keep her from talking about her pritzus just after POTUS had married FLOTUS….that’s just ONE “cover-up” and who knows how many more they will find once they get his tax records, etc.

  11. Pelosi & Schumer:- Urgently Grow up!! Stop wasting my tax money on your witch hunts. Cannot go after someone who has done No crime whatsoever.

  12. apparently only Amil Zola and rt are capable of doing business with people who publicly pour excrement on their heads.