House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Thursday that she wishes that someone close to President Donald Trump would stage “an intervention for the good of the country.”
Pelosi’s comments came a day after the president walked out of a scheduled meeting with Democrats and declared he couldn’t work with them as long as the investigations continued.
“Now this time, another temper tantrum,” Pelosi said on Capitol Hill, ABC News reported. “I wish that his family or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”
Trump, apparently frustrated with the continued investigations into the so-called Russian collusion, tweeted Thursday that the “Democrats have become known as The Do Nothing party!”
What’s the background?
The most-recent turmoil between Pelosi and Trump started Wednesday.
Moments before they were set to discuss infrastructure, Pelosi declared to the media that the president was “engaged in a cover-up.”
Her remarks sparked Trump to cancel the meeting and instead hold a news conference in the Rose Garden where he denounced Pelosi’s statements.
“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump told reporters.
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) followed up with their own news conference.
“In any event, I pray for the president of the United States and I pray for the United States of America,” Pelosi said.
What else did Pelosi say Thursday?
Pelosi told reporters she knew that her accusations about Trump being involved in cover-up would provoke a reaction from Trump.
“I know that that strikes a chord with him and he’s afraid of cover-up … afraid of being accused of cover-up,” she said.
But then Pelosi claimed Trump’s response to her accusations was simply part of his game of distraction.
“He pulled a stunt,” Pelosi said. “Now, I truly believe that the president has a bag of tricks and the White House has a bag of tricks that they save for certain occasions. They don’t necessarily apply to the occasion but they’re a distraction which, he’s a master of distraction.”
Pelosi added that she believes that Trump was upset because he wants them to start the impeachment process, which could prove fatal for Democrats in 2020.
“What really got to him was these court cases and the House Democratic Caucus has not passed impeachment and that’s where he wants us to be,” she said.
What did Trump say?
Trump denied throwing a fit when he canceled the meeting.
“I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media. Well, so many stories about the meeting use the Rage narrative anyway – Fake & Corrupt Press!” he tweeted Thursday.