Trump Cuts Off Infrastructure Talks With Democrats, Demands End to Investigations
Trump Cuts Off Infrastructure Talks With Democrats, Demands End to Investigations BYby The Epoch Times
President Donald Trump suspended bipartisan legislative efforts with the Democrats on May 22 until the Democrats terminate an onslaught of investigations targeting the White House.
Trump made the announcement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of engaging in a “cover-up” shortly before arriving at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to speak with Trump about a bipartisan effort to secure funding for infrastructure.
Pelosi levied the “cover-up” accusation after meeting with House Democrats amid pressure to begin impeachment proceedings against the president.
“We’re going to go down one track at a time,” Trump said at a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 22.
The president described the two tracks as “investigations” and “investment” and called on Democrats to “get these phony investigations over with.”
Pelosi, speaking to reporters after the special impeachment session, said that “we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up,” referring to resistance from the White House to several Democrat-led inquiries in the House of Representatives.
Trump pointed to the immense scale of the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. The special counsel concluded there is no evidence to establish that Trump colluded with Russia. Mueller also decided against charging the president with obstruction of justice.
The day prior to the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump wrote the two Democrats a letter saying that any deal on infrastructure would have to wait until Congress moves to approve the United States Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA), the Trump administration’s pact replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“Before we get to infrastructure, it is my view that we should pass the important and popular USMCA deal,” Trump wrote. “It will replace the job-killing NAFTA, one of the worst trade deals ever entered into by our Nation.”
Trump didn’t mention the USMCA during the Rose Garden announcement. The trade pact has to be ratified by Congress.
In response to Trump’s announcement, Pelosi likewise didn’t mention the USMCA.