House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer were the walking wounded after meeting with President Donald Trump.
The trio were supposed to meet in The White House to discuss plans to fix America’s infrastructure but that is not what happened.
The president walked in the room, read the two top Democrats the riot act, and then went to the Rose Garden to speak to the gathered reporters.
President trump explained that there would be no new legislation done as the Democrats continue to go after him with ridiculous investigations.
He torched them both for their subpoenas and their talk of impeachment based on, what he perceives to be, nothing.
Immediately after the president’s speech Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Schumer took to their own podium to lick their wounds and whine.
“We went to a follow-up meeting with the president that we schedule aid few weeks ago. While we agreed on a dollar figure and the percentage of 80/20 in terms of responsibility and discussed priorities about infrastructure.
“It was agreed that the time that we would return today to talk about how we would cover the cost of such a proposal. Last night, and the time in between, the president was making some sounds that we questioned how serious he could be, if he was saying what he was saying.
“Last night he put forth a letter saying unless we pass the U.S./Mexico/Canada free trade agreement there was no reason for us to — we couldn’t go forward with infrastructure. We didn’t see those two as related.
“But the fact is hopeful, optimistic and we went in the Spirit of bipartisanship to work with the president on this. He came in made the statement that he made which was — I won’t even characterize it. I will say this, and I said this after he left.
“Thomas Jefferson, when he was president of the United States, tasked his secretary of the treasurer Gallatin, to put forth an infrastructure proposal initiative for the country. It would follow the Lewis & Clark expedition, Louisiana purchase.
“It would be about the Erie canal, Cumberland road, things like that to build into America. 100 years later, 100 years later, Teddy Roosevelt did his infrastructure big initiative and it was called the establishment of the national park service.
“The green infrastructure of America. We had hoped that we could give this president an opportunity to have a signature infrastructure initiative to create Jobs, to improve the quality of life, to just do so much for our country on the ongoing — not only the Jobs that are created by building but the commerce it would promote.
“And that included roads and bridges and mass transit. Broadband into rural America and other underserved areas, clean water, waste water. All of the things that have numerous needs. The American society of civil engineer says it’s in the trillions, the deficit we have, we’re talking about a couple billion dollars.
“For some reason — maybe it was lack of confidence on his part, that he really couldn’t come — match the greatness of the challenge that we have, wasn’t really respectful of the Congress and the White House working together.
“He just took a pass. And it just makes me wonder why he did that. In any event, I pray for the president of the United States and I pray for the United States of America,” she said before Sen. Schumer spoke.
“To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop. We Democrats believe in America, we believe that we need infrastructure,” he said.
“We believe 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 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 would pay for it, he had to run away. And he came up with this preplanned 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,” he said.