President Donald Trump held an impromptu press conference with reporters Wednesday in the Rose Garden, chiding Democrats for targeting his administration with calls of impeachment and saying the real crimes were committed by those attempting to take down his presidency.
He shot back at Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, who accused the president on early Wednesday morning of a “coverup.” She has stopped short of calling for Trump’s impeachment.
Trump held the presser minutes after he walked out of a meeting on infrastructure with Pelosi and New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, according to a New York Times interview with a Democrat.
Trump stood at the lectern that was set up with a sign saying, “No Collusion, No Obstruction.”
“Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up,” said Trump. “I don’t do cover-ups.”
Trump said he walked into the room where Sen. Schumer and Pelosi were waiting for him.
He said he told them, ‘I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I’d be really good at that, that’s what I do. But you know what? You can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with.’”
“Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up,” Trump said. “I don’t do cover-ups.”
Trump instead noted that “the crime was committed on the other side, we’ll see how that turns out.”
He called the FBI probe into his campaign and White House a “takedown attempt of the President of the United States.” Trump said the thing “I think most of you would agree to this, I’m the most transparent president probably in the history of this country.”
“It was a total horrible thing that happened to our country, it hurt us in so many ways,” Trump added.