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Despite the fact that Wednesday was to be a bipartisan day at the White House to craft a major infrastructure initiative, Donald Trump reportedly exploded in rage and ended the get-together early with no real results.
“To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop,” the Senate’s top Democrat, Sen Chuck Schumer of New York, told reporters afterward.
Trump had his own 10-minute talk with reporters in the White House Rose Garden.
“Instead of walking in happily to a meeting, I walk in to look at people who said I was doing a coverup,” Trump said, adding that he can’t work on infrastructure “under these circumstances.”
Despite this mention of a “cover up,” Pelosi actually tamped down impeachment talk for what was to be the second in a series of meetings in which congressional Democrats and Trump were to hammer out a legislative $2 trillion deal to rebuild and renovate the nation’s aging infrastructure.
Work on a plan for improved highways, roads, bridges, rail systems, electrical grids and more seemed the rare occasion where the two sides could have come together for a joint legislative win.
“For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part . . . he just took a pass, and it just makes me wonder why he did,” Pelosi said. “In any event, I pray for the president of the United States, and I pray for the United States of America.”
People familiar with the abortive Wednesday meeting said Trump entered the meeting angrily, declining to shake hands.
This has not been a good news week for Trump as a federal judge struck down Trump’s lawsuit which means financial information which he has long almost seemed desperate to shield may well begin getting turned over next week to House Democrats.