Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke about what happened at a meeting Wednesday in the White House where the president was supposed to discuss infrastructure with Congressional Democratic leaders. Trump said in a Rose Garden statement that the meeting did not go as planned because he was angry about Speaker Pelosi accusing him of a cover-up.
"To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop," Schumer said about what happened in the meeting. "It's clear that this was not a spontaneous move on the president's part. It was planned. When we got in the room, the curtains were closed, the president -- there was a place for him at the front, so he could stand and attempt to tell us why he wouldn't do infrastructure."
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: Well, thank you, Speaker Pelosi. And to watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop. We Democrats believe in infrastructure. We believe our roads and bridges need repair. We believe that rural America, as well as inner-city America, needs broadband. We believe that to bring clean, new energy around the country we need a power grid modernized and updated. We believe in modernizing our transportation fleet with electric cars.
We believe in all of these things. And so despite signals in the previous few weeks that he might not be serious, we went forward. We came here very seriously. The president asked in his letter last night, where would Democrats spend the money on infrastructure? I was prepared to give him a 35-page plan detailing this in all the areas I mentioned and more, that have the broad support of Senate and House Democrats.
We were interested. We are interested in doing infrastructure. It's clear the president isn't.
He is looking for every excuse, whether it was let's do trade first, or whether it was, he's not going to pay for any funding, or whether today, that there are investigations going on. Hello, there were investigations going on three weeks ago when we met. And he still met with us.
But now that he was forced to actually say how he'd pay for it, he had to run away. And he came up with this pre-planned excuse.
And one final point, it's clear that this was not a spontaneous move on the president's part. It was planned. When we got in the room, the curtains were closed, the president -- there was a place for him at the front, so he could stand and attempt to tell us why he wouldn't do infrastructure. And of course, then he went to the Rose Garden with prepared signs that had been printed up long before our meeting. We want the president to do infrastructure. We want our Congress to perform its Constitutional responsibilities and create jobs, create income, create wealth for the average American. We can do both. It's clear the president doesn't want to do any of that.