WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump abruptly walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia report.
The meeting at the White House had been set weeks ago, after Trump and the Democratic leaders agreed to talk further about a possible $2 trillion infrastructure proposal.
But instead of discussing the plan, the president left the room after just three minutes. Trump said, “I walked into the room and I told Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi I want to do infrastructure. But you know what we can’t do it under these circumstances,” Trump said. “So get these phony investigations over.”
Washington Senator Patty Murray (D) released a statement following the meeting, saying “Democrats went to the White House today to negotiate with President Trump in good faith on an issue that is critical to workers, families, and businesses across the country. It is beyond appalling that the President of the United States instead chose to throw a temper tantrum.”
Democrats who were in the meeting said the walkout seemed scripted. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it all “very, very, very strange” and said she was praying for Trump and the nation.
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