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Washington - War Of Words Intensifies Between Trump, Democratic Leaders

Published on: May 23, 2019 11:22 AM
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes a question from a reporter on the North Lawn outside the West Wing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes a question from a reporter on the North Lawn outside the West Wing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2019.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington - The rift between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats appeared to be widening Thursday after a dramatic blow-up at the White House at a meeting on infrastructure.

A day after Trump stalked out of the Cabinet room demanding an end to congressional investigations, the Republican president and Democratic leaders dug in, while plans to fix the nation’s roads and bridges fell into the chasm.

Each side insisted it wants to agree on a plan, but a path forward was difficult to see. Shadowing the whole drama are the ongoing congressional investigations of whether Trump obstructed justice or committed other crimes and the demands by some Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against him.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Thursday on CNN that “it’s insane” to think infrastructure talks can continue as if Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had not accused Trump of a “cover-up,” as Pelosi did Wednesday shortly before the White House meeting. Sanders said, “It’s real simple, you can’t go down two tracks.”

“It’s very hard to have a meeting where you accuse the president of the United States of a crime and an hour later show up and act as if nothing has happened,” Sanders told reporters outside the White House.

Trump tweeted that Democrats are a “do-nothing party!”

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on MSNBC that the president is “an erratic, helter-skelter, get-nothing-done” leader.

The exchanges followed a day of particularly personal conflict between Trump and Pelosi, who reclaimed the post second in line to the presidency after the 2018 midterm elections .

On Wednesday, Pelosi told reporters that Trump is engaged in a “cover-up,” even as she sought to tamp down talk among some liberal Democrats pushing her to formally launch impeachment proceedings. Pelosi then headed to the White House with Schumer and other Democrats. Trump made them wait for 15 minutes. Then he walked into the Cabinet Room, shook no one’s hand and refused to take a seat. Trump declared he would not work with them on infrastructure after all until they shut down their “phony investigations” and strode out to fill the world in on the encounter at a Rose Garden press conference.

Pelosi, who has a rich history of sassing Trump, issued some shade.

“For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part ... he took a pass, and it just makes me wonder why he did that,” she told reporters back on Capitol Hill. “In any event I pray for the president of the United States.”

“Nancy, thank you so much for your prayers, I know you truly mean it!” Trump tweeted from the White House.

But by Thursday, the White House’s talking points turned to blaming Democrats for the apparent impasse on one of the few issues that have broad bipartisan public support.

Repeatedly pressed on why the president seemed unwilling to multitask like other presidents under investigation have done before, Sanders maintained without evidence that, “I think the Democrats have shown that they’re not capable of doing anything else.”

In fact, the Democratic-controlled House has passed several bills on issues including firearms background checks, prescription drugs and campaign finance reforms — though they are dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Sanders also insisted that Trump’s walk-out Wednesday wasn’t planned before Pelosi’s comments and that the White House placard that appeared on Trump’s lectern as he denounced Democrats had been printed “weeks ago.” Asked why Trump couldn’t work with Democrats after Pelosi’s comments because he felt insulted, Sanders said, “The president’s feelings weren’t hurt. She accused him of a crime. Let that sink in.”

Despite Trump’s comments Wednesday about ceasing work with Democrats until investigations end, Sanders said “Staff-level conversations continue” on talks to raise the debt limit, a critical piece of legislation that will need to be taken up in the coming months.



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 May 23, 2019 at 11:41 AM _Seichel Says:

Nancy Pelosi you must know something that rest of the American people don't know. What exactly is the cover up? Please explain!...... I doubt you could. Fool!

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 May 23, 2019 at 11:49 AM Educated Archy Says:

Give it up dems. Stop attacking the president and unify. That's all we are asking. Whats the big deal to just drop all these piety investigations and lets move forward for the sake of the country? Yes trump is right how do you work with someone that wnats you dead? She has to stop ans concede

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 May 23, 2019 at 12:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
_Seichel Says:

Nancy Pelosi you must know something that rest of the American people don't know. What exactly is the cover up? Please explain!...... I doubt you could. Fool!

"What exactly" First colluding with the Russians to violate USA Law. Trying to cover it up by firing everyone who investigated him and disagreed with him. Cover Up? Not letting WE THe People to see what is in the Mueller report. (Not Trumps or Barrs Report) Cover Up is OBSTRUCTING the Elected Democrats in Congress to Investigate him. So Far only Republicans Nominated by Republicans did any investigations. Not a single Elected Democrat. Not even 1. Clinton was investigated by Reps. for 5 years.

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 May 23, 2019 at 12:22 PM Geulah Says:

Rome, we is Rome. Bread, circuses, all that's left is gladiators in the Coliseum. These nauseating, ignoramuses who don't want to govern (no cameras or headlines when governing) should be recalled. No money to the government until they start governing. Rome, baby, we is Rome.

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 May 23, 2019 at 02:32 PM Gribbener Says:

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Geulah Says:

Rome, we is Rome. Bread, circuses, all that's left is gladiators in the Coliseum. These nauseating, ignoramuses who don't want to govern (no cameras or headlines when governing) should be recalled. No money to the government until they start governing. Rome, baby, we is Rome.

Guley so what's your point? Can you come up with a different cliche? Maybe if the Orange Meshugah would think about the plight of most Americans and not about how he needs to hide his crooked tax returns we'd be getting somewhere.

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 May 23, 2019 at 03:02 PM Dem lies Says:

The president is a “get nothing done” President, Chuckie Schumer says? Let’s think about this. Trump has brought our economy to an all time high, brought tens of thousands of jobs back, unemployment at an all time low, has gotten tough on terror regimes (unlike Obama who rewarded them), has ad the courage and fortitude what every president before him promised yet failed to carry out with the Israeli embassy, declared the golan to be israel’s, and so much more. Now let’s compare that with what dems have done since they’ve taken over the House: investigations, investigations, investigations. That’s it. Nothing to benefit the American people. Zilch. What have they done? So, I’d say the party of do nothing is clearly the dems. Oh yeah, they have done something after all: allowed anti semites and socialists to overtake their party. No thanks, I’ll take Trump any day. Do nothing, indeed.

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 May 23, 2019 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
_Seichel Says:

Nancy Pelosi you must know something that rest of the American people don't know. What exactly is the cover up? Please explain!...... I doubt you could. Fool!

If there was no crime found, which dems promised us there would be (collusion with Russia) why would he cover up? How is anyone stupid enough to believe their lies? Good thing fOr them their base of supporters are very low IQ.

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 May 23, 2019 at 03:05 PM Desperation Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Give it up dems. Stop attacking the president and unify. That's all we are asking. Whats the big deal to just drop all these piety investigations and lets move forward for the sake of the country? Yes trump is right how do you work with someone that wnats you dead? She has to stop ans concede

They can’t drop it. Because they know that Trump is going to win again in 2020, due to how much he’s accomplished and the great state of the economy which he is solely responsible for, while they have done nothing but brought this country down. So what else can they run against him on, if not to try to convince their unintelligent supporters that he’s a criminal? They certainly can’t beat him on policy!

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 May 23, 2019 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

"What exactly" First colluding with the Russians to violate USA Law. Trying to cover it up by firing everyone who investigated him and disagreed with him. Cover Up? Not letting WE THe People to see what is in the Mueller report. (Not Trumps or Barrs Report) Cover Up is OBSTRUCTING the Elected Democrats in Congress to Investigate him. So Far only Republicans Nominated by Republicans did any investigations. Not a single Elected Democrat. Not even 1. Clinton was investigated by Reps. for 5 years.

Not letting anyone see the mueller report? How stupid are u? 98% of it isn’t good enough for you? Don’t you think if mueller had seen any crime he’d have reported so? Your lying leaders are freaking out because the report produced nothing on the Pres. So they have to pretend tha 2% redacted contains some real crimes there. Boy are Democrat voters STUPID!!!!!! You’re being conned big time,

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 May 23, 2019 at 03:08 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

"What exactly" First colluding with the Russians to violate USA Law. Trying to cover it up by firing everyone who investigated him and disagreed with him. Cover Up? Not letting WE THe People to see what is in the Mueller report. (Not Trumps or Barrs Report) Cover Up is OBSTRUCTING the Elected Democrats in Congress to Investigate him. So Far only Republicans Nominated by Republicans did any investigations. Not a single Elected Democrat. Not even 1. Clinton was investigated by Reps. for 5 years.

what law did he violate by "colluding" No collusion delusion and he was exonerated.

Trying to cover up a whicth hunt. Yes some what true and you'd do the same.

You the people can see whatever is in the report aside for certain names of people still under investigation that would violate the law if revealed. So you can see it all

Good let the dems investiagte but we won't cooperate and expect nothing to get done in this country. if thats how you like it so be it.

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 May 23, 2019 at 03:08 PM hashomer hiding Says:

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Gribbener Says:

Guley so what's your point? Can you come up with a different cliche? Maybe if the Orange Meshugah would think about the plight of most Americans and not about how he needs to hide his crooked tax returns we'd be getting somewhere.

Speaking of hiding, why are you, hashomer, hiding behind so many different screen names?

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 May 23, 2019 at 04:03 PM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Trump's thin skin is ironic when one considers his continuous attacks and name calling of others. It's malfeasance if he goes on strike because of it. Besides, believing that Trump is engaged in a cover has a reasonable basis in fact, while Trump's often wild accusations, such as alleging that Obama started ISIS, do not.

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 May 23, 2019 at 04:05 PM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

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hashomer hiding Says:

Speaking of hiding, why are you, hashomer, hiding behind so many different screen names?

Jumping on to Archy's irrelevant side show, eh? Unless, of course, you are Archy.

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 May 23, 2019 at 04:06 PM Ranger Says:

Reply to #7  
hashomer hiding Says:

Speaking of hiding, why are you, hashomer, hiding behind so many different screen names?

Hashomer says "orange yutz", not "Orange Meshugah".

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 May 23, 2019 at 06:02 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #9  
Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Jumping on to Archy's irrelevant side show, eh? Unless, of course, you are Archy.

Nope i am not a liar and con like you. I always stcik to one screen name. And my style is obvious. Nice cheap shot tricky yoni.

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 May 23, 2019 at 08:24 PM OLD YELLER Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Nope i am not a liar and con like you. I always stcik to one screen name. And my style is obvious. Nice cheap shot tricky yoni.

YOUR SO CALLED "STYLE" IS COMPOSED ENTIRELY OF SPELLING ERRORS AND IDIOCY. MANY OTHERS SOUND LIKE CLONES OF YOU. YOU REFUSE TO LISTEN TO REASON, AND YOU REPEAT YOURSELF CONSTANTLY!

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 May 23, 2019 at 11:12 PM qazxc Says:

What a snowflake. What a loser. Grandma Nancy is playing him like a maestro.


Losing to Mrs. Pelosi. What a loser.

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 May 24, 2019 at 01:14 PM qazxc Says:

What a snowflake. What a loser. Grandma Nancy is playing him like a maestro.


Losing to Mrs. Pelosi. What a loser.

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