Angry Trump Walks Out of Meeting with Democrats
American President Donald Trump on Wednesday unexpectedly ended a meeting with Democratic lawmakers on infrastructure spending. The president later explained he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations related to the special counsel's report on Russia election interference and contacts with the Trump campaign.
After walking out of the meeting, Trump spoke with reporters who had gathered outside the White House. He attacked comments made earlier Wednesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which she accused the president of a "cover-up."
"I don't do cover-ups," Trump told reporters. He also accused Democrats of holding a meeting the same morning to discuss what he called "the I word" -- impeachment. That is the process set up by the U.S. Constitution for Congress to remove a president from office.
The president said he told Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he wanted to make an infrastructure deal more than they did. But he said, "You can't do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with."
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is seeking to investigate materials and witnesses related to special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump has repeatedly said he and his advisers do not need to answer lawmakers' requests for information.
The meeting at the White House had been set weeks ago, after Trump and the Democratic leaders agreed to talk more about a possible $2-trillion infrastructure proposal. Trump was expected to provide the Democrats his ideas on how to pay for it. Schumer said when Trump "was forced to say how he would pay for it he had to run away."
Pelosi added, "He just took a pass. And it just makes me wonder why he did that." She called Trump's actions Wednesday "very, very, very strange" and said she was "praying" for the country and the president.
Later on Wednesday, Pelosi spoke at the Center for American Progress in Washington. She said, "This is why I think the president was so steamed off this morning: Because the fact is in plain sight...this president is obstructing justice and he's engaged in a cover up. And that could be an impeachable offense."
On Twitter, Trump accused Democrats in Congress of "tearing the United States apart." He added, "You can't investigate and legislate at the same time."
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1.set up 建立；设立
I set up a ginger group on the environment.
2.over with 结束；完成
Let's get it over with as soon as possible, rather than drag it out.
3.no longer 不再
They no longer had him as a friend.
4.cover up 掩盖；遮盖
Cosmetics do not cover up the deficiencies of nature.
5.Schumer said when Trump "was forced to say how he would pay for it he had to run away."
run away 逃跑
Why did you run away from me?
He and I were always planning to run away together.
6.He added, "You can't investigate and legislate at the same time."
at the same time 同时
I was afraid of her, but at the same time I really liked her.
It's impossible to get everybody together at the same time.
周三，美国总统特朗普意外地结束了与民主党议员关于基础设施经费的会议 。总统后来解释称，他将不再与民主党人合作，除非他们放弃与特别检察官有关俄罗斯干预大选的报告以及与特朗普竞选团队接触的所有调查 。
走出会场后，特朗普对聚集在白宫外的记者发表了讲话 。他抨击了众议院议长佩洛西周三早些时候的言论 。佩洛西指责总统“掩盖事实真相” 。
特朗普告诉记者：“我不做任何掩饰 。”他还指责民主党人在同一天上午举行会议，讨论他所谓的“I word”——弹劾 。这是美国宪法规定的国会罢免总统的程序 。
特朗普表示，他告诉佩洛西和参议院少数党领袖舒默，他比他们更希望达成一项基建协议 。但是他指出，“在这种情况下是无法进行的 。所以，结束这些虚假的调查吧 。”
民主党控制的众议院正在调查与特别检察官罗伯特·穆勒关于俄罗斯和特朗普竞选活动的报告有关的材料和证人 。特朗普一再表示，他和他的顾问无需回答议员要求提供任何信息的要求 。
数周前，特朗普和民主党领导人同意就一项可能高达2万亿美元的基础设施提案进行更多讨论 。预计，特朗普将向民主党人提供他的支付基建计划 。舒默表示，当特朗普“被迫要说出将如何支付这项提案时，他不得不逃跑 。”
佩洛西补充说：“他就这么开溜了 。这让我很好奇他为什么这么做 。”她称，特朗普周三的行为“非常、非常、非常古怪”，并表示她正在为美国和美国总统“祈祷” 。
周三晚些时候，佩洛西在华盛顿的美国进步中心发表讲话 。她说：“这就是我认为总统今早气急败坏的原因：因为事实显而易见……这位总统在妨碍司法公正，他在进行掩盖 。这可能是一种可弹劾的罪行 。”
特朗普发推特指责国会的民主党人“分裂了美国” 。他补充说，“你不能同时调查和立法 。”