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White House denies Trump storming out of meeting was a stunt

The White House on Thursday denied that President Donald Trump’s eruption one day earlier at a meeting with Democratic leaders was a pre-planned stunt, rebuffing lawmakers’ accusations that the president was trying to bow out of serious infrastructure negotiations.
Trump abruptly ended his meeting at the White House after complaining that he could not work with Democrats while they were investigating him and discussing impeachment. He specifically blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who earlier in the day had claimed Trump is engaging in a “cover-up.”
The blow-up has devolved into finger pointing, with the White House and Democratic leaders each blaming the other for the impasse. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday argued there were a number of reasons the infrastructure session was doomed, but she pressed the line that Democrats are unable to simultaneously legislate and investigate.
“So far what we’ve seen from the Democrats in Congress, Alisyn, is that they are incapable of doing anything other than investigating this president,” Sanders told host Alisyn Camerota in an interview on CNN’s “New Day.” “They spend all of their time attacking him and the fact that they would have a meeting an hour before they are set to arrive at the White House where Nancy Pelosi literally accuses the president of a crime and then wants to walk into his office and sit down as if nothing happened, that’s just — that’s lunacy. That’s not even in the realm of possibility.”
She also accused Democratic leaders of getting ahead of themselves in asking the White House to propose how it would pay for a multi-trillion dollar plan so early in the process, which was expected to take up the bulk of Wednesday’s discussion.
“They wanted us to put together pay-fors, yet they didn’t even know what they were paying for,” Sanders said. “We haven’t even gotten that far down the process and that was what yesterday was supposed to be about, until Nancy Pelosi had a closed door meeting to talk about the impeachment of the president — which is ludicrous on so many fronts and something that the American people clearly don’t want, which is why she’s struggling so much to determine which path she’s going to take.”