President Trump, House Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer decided to go round two on their $2 trillion infrastructure planning but their meeting was not as fruitful as their first.
Instead, according to the Washington Examiner, the meeting was over in a matter of mere minutes as Trump claimed he would not score a deal with them unless they reel in congressional investigations.
“I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I’d be really good at that. That’s what I do,” Trump said. “But you know what? You can’t do it under these circumstances — so get these phony investigations over with.”
The Democrats were not willing to set aside their differences and focus on helping America—instead, they walked out. No deal. No progress.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Trump pulled together a hastily organized press conference in the Rose Garden after a meeting between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The president said that Democrats’ continued insistence on investigating him and his administration after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is killing infrastructure plans.
The two Democratic leaders left the White House just minutes after arriving. Trump had previously said that progress had been made on a bipartisan infrastructure meeting, with Schumer even floating a $2 trillion price tag, but after today’s meeting, it appears those efforts have halted completely.
President Trump took to Twitter after the meeting to clarify that he was calm-headed and focused on making a deal during the meeting. The Democrats, he claimed, were not.
“So sad that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will never be able to see or understand the great promise of our Country. They can continue the Witch Hunt which has already cost $40M and been a tremendous waste of time and energy for everyone in America, or get back to work,” Trump tweeted.
“But they really want a do-over! You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously – it just doesn’t work that way. You can’t go down two tracks at the same time. Let Chuck, Nancy, Jerry, Adam and all of the rest finish playing their games,” the president continued.
And: “In the meantime, my Administration is achieving things that have never been done before, including unleashing perhaps the Greatest Economy in our Country’s history.”
“Democrat leadership is tearing the United States apart, but I will continue to set records for the American People – and Nancy, thank you so much for your prayers, I know you truly mean it!”
Trump’s prayer reference, the Hill reports, was in response to Pelosi earlier in the day saying she prays for the president.
Pelosi told a group of reporters: “In any event, I pray for the president of the United States and I pray for the United States of America.”
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