Any remaining hopes of bipartisanship eased on Wednesday as President Trump broke off a scheduled meeting with leading Democrats on infrastructure and surprisingly appeared in the White House Rose Garden to support the legislative efforts on this front – and possibly others as well dead water until democratic leaders "get over this wrong investigation".
The President's 12-minute remarks to reporters-reporters assembled hastily and without warning or referring to what was happening in the Rose Garden-marked a significant collapse of the talks when the President of the House of Representatives spokeswoman, Nancy Pelosi, inflamed, appeared Wednesday morning after meeting the Democratic caucus. Earlier in the morning, Pelosi told reporters that the president had engaged in a "cover-up," an allegation that the president dismissed as absurd.
"We did not do anything wrong," he told reporters Wednesday. "They wanted to say that we had agreed … they wanted to pick us up." And he called the Mueller investigation "a shutdown attempt with the President of the United States".
The in-person meeting with the president and the top democrats lasted only a few minutes, a person familiar with the meeting and a White House official said. According to the person familiar with the event, the president came in without shaking hands or sitting down. The president, the well-known person said, wanted to work on infrastructure, a trade agreement, a farm bill, and more, but insisted that Pelosi say something terrible and accused him of being covered up. Mr. Trump said there are no two lanes, the familiar said, and told the Democrats that they could discuss other issues after the investigation. Then he left the room before anyone could speak, the familiar person said.
"I went into the room and told Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi I wanted to make infrastructure … you can not do that under these circumstances," the president told reporters in the White House Rose Garden.
As he said in recent months, Mr. Trump stated that "no agreement, no disability" had taken place. The Special Representative noted that there was insufficient evidence of a plot, but after almost two years of investigation, he was unable to reach a conclusion about the disability.
"The crime was committed on the other side ̵
"It was a terrible thing that happened to our country, it hurt us in many ways," Trump added.
"It turns out that I am the most transparent president in the history of this country – and I think most of you would agree," noted the President. "Instead of happily coming to a meeting, I go to people who have just said that I'm doing cover-ups, I'm not doing any cover-ups."
The President has not stopped here and fired a series of tweets in which Pelosi and Schumer were blown up, saying that laws and investigations can not take place at the same time.
"You can not detect and legislate at the same time – it just does not work like that – you can not go through two lanes at once – let Chuck, Nancy, Jerry, Adam and everyone else finish the game …" tweeted the president .
Back on Capitol Hill, following Trump's spontaneous announcement, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they hoped they could work with the president on bipartisan affairs. but that seems impossible.
Schumer suggested that the President use the congressional investigation as a "pre-planned excuse" not to locate an infrastructure plan.
"We are interested in running infrastructure and it is clear that the president is not doing this, he is looking for any excuse," Schumer told reporters.
Pelosi said Democrats wanted to give the president a change for a "signature infrastructure initiative" "But" for some reason, it may have lacked self-confidence on his part … he just took a passport.
"In any case, I pray for the President of the United States," she told reporters.