UPDATE: As Jennifer Rubin writes for the Washington Post, Pelosi sure knows how to push Trump’s buttons:
Whether Pelosi intended this result or not, her ability to treat Trump as a spoiled child and provoke even more self-destructive behavior has several positive benefits for Democrats in this context. First, it puts the blame for not accomplishing anything on infrastructure — or anything else — squarely on Trump’s shoulders. Second, he makes it nearly impossible for incumbent Republicans to run in 2020 on any record of accomplishment.
President Trump was scheduled to hold a meeting with Congressional leaders on a major infrastructure deal this morning, but after making House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wait for him, Trump finally stormed into the room and promptly declared that he would no longer work with Democrats on any issue. The entire meeting lasted about 3 minutes.
As the Washington Post reports:
President Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, saying he was unable to work with them on legislation following comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he was “engaged in a coverup.”
Trump made an unscheduled appearance in the Rose Garden shortly afterward and in a meandering 10-minute address said he had left the meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) at which they were supposed to talk about working together on a $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
“Instead of walking in happily to a meeting, I walk in to look at people who said I was doing a coverup,” Trump said, adding that he can’t work on infrastructure “under these circumstances.”
“I pray for the president of the United States, and I pray for the United States of America.”
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Here’s more on Trump’s meltdown from Politico:
The breakdown came as Trump declared he will not work with Democrats as long as they are investigating him. The explosive encounter at the White House shattered a feeling of good bipartisan vibes stemming for positive budget talks on Tuesday and startled attendees, who said Trump made them wait, complained about their probes, canceled the meeting and left in a span of just a few minutes…
…Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who attended the White House meeting, said it was “high drama in the Cabinet room.”
“I don’t know where this leaves us as a nation. We have so many things that have to be done for this country and they can’t be done unless we work together,” Durbin said. “If the president walks out of the meeting, it’s a setback for the country’s priorities.”
Durbin said that Democrats couldn’t get a word in, and Pelosi told the House and Senate Democrats afterward about the importance of doing an infrastructure package.
Trump’s fuse was apparently lit after Pelosi met with Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of moving forward with impeachment hearings in order to force the White House to cooperate with a growing list of subpoenas and requests for information and testimony. “We believe that the President of the United States in engaged in a cover-up,” Pelosi told reporters after the meeting.
Schumer later said that he believed Trump’s tantrum was a pre-planned stunt. In his Rose Garden remarks, Trump launched into weird diatribe from behind a podium with a sign reading, “NO Collusion, NO Obstruction.” Here are some actual quotes from the actual President of the United States:
“It turns out — and I think most of you [the media] would agree to this — I’m the most transparent President probably in the history of this country.”…
…”We have the best unemployment numbers that we’ve had in the history of our country. In some cases, 51 years, but generally in the history of our country.”…
…”Instead of walking happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I’m doing a cover-up. I don’t do cover-ups. You people [the media] probably know that better than anybody.”
Words are just sounds made by blowing air through your mouth. We’ll update this post as soon as Trump walks back his promise not to negotiate with Democrats until they stop being mean to him.