On Wednesday, a meeting was scheduled between President Donald Trump and Democrat leaders on Capitol Hill. The Democrats wanted to talk about infrastructure. At this time in his presidency, Trump doesn’t want to talk about that. He has other things on his mind. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi characterized the meeting this way:
…accused President Trump of throwing “a temper tantrum for us all to see” — refusing to shake hands with Democratic leaders and storming out, in a rage about the Democrats’ attempts to effectively get a “do-over” on the Mueller report.
Knowing that there is more to this food fight when the president ended the meeting before it really got started, the Democrats used one of his recent bugaboos to deflect blame for the breakdown, and the mainstream media helped them spread that message.
The breakdown of the meeting Wednesday inspired breathless media coverage about the potential “fallout,” with outlets like USA Today portraying the “warfare” between Trump and Pelosi as “risk[ing] even more gridlock” and potentially derailing Trump’s attempts to replace NAFTA with a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.
“Trump has already indicated he’s prepared to push most of his legislative agenda off until after the 2020 election, a recognition that Democrats and Republicans were unlikely to reach consensus on much of anything as nearly two dozen Democratic presidential candidates barnstorm early primary states in the hunt for the nomination,” USA Today reported.
So sad that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will never be able to see or understand the great promise of our Country. They can continue the Witch Hunt which has already cost $40M and been a tremendous waste of time and energy for everyone in America, or get back to work….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2019
President Trump, for his part, sharply disputed the account via his favorite information dissemination method.
“In a letter to her House colleagues, Nancy Pelosi said: ‘President Trump had a temper tantrum for us all to see.’ This is not true. 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!” Trump wrote.
“Zero is getting done with the Democrats in charge of the House. All they want to do is put the Mueller Report behind them and start all over again. No Do-Overs!” he added in a pair of follow-up tweets. “Democrats don’t want to fix the loopholes at the Border. They don’t want to do anything. Open Borders and crime!”
And that is the problem that needs to be fixed before infrastructure is touched.