Trump slams brakes on infrastructure deal over investigations into administration

Trump slams brakes on infrastructure deal over investigations into administration

President Trump's message to Pelosi and Schumer was, 'get these phony investigations over with.'

May 22, 2019

President Donald Trump met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer at the White House May 22 to discuss a potential infrastructure deal, but ended the meeting after only a couple minutes citing ongoing investigations into him and his administration.

"I’ve said from the beginning—right from the beginning—you probably can’t go down two tracks. You can go down the investigation track or you can go down the investment track," Trump said following the meeting, according to CNN.

His message to Pelosi and Schumer was to “get these phony investigations over with," referencing the ongoing investigations that have stemmed from the Mueller report and questions over whether the Trump administration colluded with Russian officials in the run up to the 2016 presidential election or obstructed justice during the subsequent investigation.  

President Trump had met with Democratic leadership April 30 regarding a proposed infrastructure bill. Following the meeting, the two sides announced that an agreement had been reached in principle to allocate $2 trillion to help improve the nation’s roads and bridges.

The meeting that took place May 22 was supposed to be centered around how President Trump would fund the bill in question, but it appears the president had other ideas entering the meeting.

Earlier in the day, Pelosi accused Trump of engaging in a “cover up” related to lawmakers ongoing probes.

Subsequently, before entering the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, Trump planned a speech at the White House and reportedly had posters made up denouncing the ongoing investigations.

"Instead of walking … happily into a meeting, I walk into, look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up," Trump said. "I don't do cover-ups."