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Pelosi: Here's Why Trump Really Canceled Our Meeting

He actually wants impeachment proceedings, House speaker claims
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2019 1:35 PM CDT
Updated May 23, 2019 2:02 PM CDT
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meets with reporters at the Capitol Thursday, May 23, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The latest volley from Nancy Pelosi: The House speaker says President Trump wants Democrats to start impeachment proceedings because it will distract the public from the scandals dogging his administration. That's why, she said Thursday, the president actually canceled his infrastructure meeting with her and Chuck Schumer Wednesday: he was frustrated Pelosi doesn't plan to start the process. "There's no question: the White House is just crying out for impeachment. That's why he flipped yesterday, because he was just hoping," she said, per the Hill. She added that she is concerned for the president's well-being and urged his aides and family members to help him, per Fox News: "The president stormed out, pounded the table, walked out the door. Another temper tantrum, again, I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family, the administration, and his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country."

Trump claimed he cut the meeting short due to Pelosi's comment accusing him of a cover-up, but she said Thursday: "He's a master of distraction. ... That's something he does well; to distract from problems that he has he tries to change the subject. And while he tried to say it's because I said 'cover-up'—we've been saying 'cover-up' for a while." She added, "I think what really got to him was ... these court cases [that have been coming down on the side of Democrats who are seeking information from the administrations as they probe Trump] and the fact that the House Democratic Caucus is not on a path to impeachment, and that's where he wants us to be. And when he saw that that was not happening, that—again, with the cover-up, which he understands is true—just struck a chord." Trump on Wednesday hit back at Pelosi's characterization of his walk-out, tweeting, "I was purposely very polite and calm, much as I was minutes later with the press in the Rose Garden. Can be easily proven. It is all such a lie!" (Read more Nancy Pelosi stories.)

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