Angry Trump insists not in a ‘rage’ over row with Democrats

Larry Hoffman
May 24, 2019

"The president - just as he was yesterday - has been an obstructionist force", the New York Democrat said, referring to a brief White House meeting he had with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday which came to an abrupt when Mr. Trump stormed out of the room incensed that the speaker accused him of staging a "cover-up".

"What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump", Conway wrote.

On Wednesday, Trump made good on his threat.

Ms Pelosi and other senior House leaders have been trying to tamp down demands from more junior Democratic lawmakers for impeachment proceedings, urging them to give court subpoena enforcement actions time to progress.

Minutes later, reporters were abruptly summoned to the White House Rose Garden, where a podium had been prepared for Trump to speak. "Here is the bottom line: there was no collusion, there was no obstruction".

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., taunted Trump by saying that he felt intimidated by Pelosi: is a "I don't think he does well with smart, strong women". "I wish that his family or his administration or staff would have an intervention for the good of the country".

Sanders said Thursday on CNN, "It's real simple, you can't go down two tracks".

"I would have just simply passed this several weeks ago", Leahy said.

"I'm a 2020 candidate - the best thing I can do about this is not a procedural issue in the House of Representatives, it's getting the nomination and beating the President", Buttigieg said, echoing previous statements about keeping his focus on beating Trump at the ballot box.

"I pray for the President of the United States", Mrs Pelosi said on Thursday.

"Respectfully, Madame Speaker, would you like to address the specific points the president raised?"

Before the White House meeting, Pelosi met with House Democrats at the Capitol to discuss their investigations and the White House effort to stonewall them.

In particular, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) talked about a major decision Monday in federal court which was very favorable: the court ruled in favor of that Trump's accountants must abide by a subpoena and begin turning Trump's financial information over to House Democrats as early as next week.

Indeed, House Democrats' strategy of stepping back while Trump stonewalls is starting to look more like an unprincipled shirking of their duty to stand up for the Constitution, and commence impeachment hearings before Trump turns America into a Presidential dictatorship.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg reflected that debate on Thursday, saying the President clearly deserves to be impeached, but he will leave the matter to the House of Representatives to decide.

This could lead to a far-reaching internal political standstill.

"Of course [I can work with him]", she said. "But I don't think that the caucus as a whole is there yet".

Also, they are concerned about the next investigation, which Attorney General William Barr confirmed already is under way. When those fail, too, maybe we'll take a largely symbolic vote on contempt of Congress.

When a reporter asked whether Pelosi might be able to get along better if she refrained from "provoking" the president with insults and accusations, however, the speaker would have none of it. And that makes his silence all the more infuriating for Democrats.

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