Pelosi Snaps at White House After Trump Cuts Short a Meeting with Dems

House speaker feels justified in talking of 'cover-up' while lawmakers on Left continue to play a blame game

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) snapped at Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, on Wednesday after President Donald Trump scrapped a planned meeting with Democratic lawmakers because of their behavior just prior to the scheduled meeting, according to reports.

The meeting had been touted as a chance to discuss a proposal on the nation’s infrastructure. It was supposed to be the second official sit-down on the topic among the leaders.

But right before the planned White House meeting, Pelosi held a press conference with reporters and charged that the president had “engaged in a cover-up” regarding the Russia probe. She was apparently suggesting he was blocking White House aides from cooperating with several congressional investigations.

After an angry Trump scrapped the infrastructure meeting as a result of those divisive comments, Conway asked Pelosi if she had a “direct response to the president.”

“I’m responding to the president, not staff,” Pelosi apparently shot back.

“Really great. That’s really pro-woman of you,” the White House counselor is said to have responded, as Fox News noted.

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Trump then spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden and blasted Democrat lawmakers.

The president said he’d wanted to pursue an infrastructure proposal, but “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.”

He said, “I don’t do cover-ups.”

“You can’t do it [a meeting about infrastructure] under these circumstances,” Trump said, clearly angry with Pelosi’s behavior. “Get these phony investigations over with.”

The president also expressed his disappointment with the mainstream press for jumping to conclusions about alleged collusion with Russian interests. Special counsel Robert Mueller, after a nearly two-year investigation, found no evidence of collusion on the part of the president or his campaign.

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“This whole thing was a takedown attempt at the president of the United States, and honestly you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for the way you reported so dishonestly,” Trump said.

Pelosi, for her part, told the media, “He just took a pass. And it makes me wonder why he did that. In any event, I pray for the president of the United States. I pray for the United States of America.”

But Trump emphasized his position in a series of tweets afterward, saying in part, “You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously — it just doesn’t work that way.”

Speaking later in the day at the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference on Wednesday afternoon, Pelosi commented, “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 an impeachable offense,” she added.

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