Donald Trump might be on Republican lawmakers for going along with the Biden Infrastruture package…
He torpedoed his own chance to do it back 2019….
His ego got into the way….
President Donald Trump abruptly walked out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., at the White House on Wednesday, telling reporters moments later that he would not negotiate on legislation with Democrats while he was still under investigation by several committees.
Wednesday’s meeting was supposed to be the second official sit-down between the president and Democratic congressional leadership specifically focused on infrastructure.
“I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, ‘I want to do infrastructure’ … but we can’t do it under these circumstances,” Trump said at a last-minute Rose Garden event.
Trump’s anger appears to have been sparked by comments Pelosi made earlier in the day when she said, “We believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up” by blocking White House aides from giving testimony and responding to document requests from ongoing congressional investigations.
“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump insisted Wednesday…..
“I knew the president was not serious about infrastructure and would find a way out,” Pelosi said to her Democratic colleagues after Trump’s exit, according to a Democratic aide who spoke to NBC News. In a statement issued later in the day, the California Democrat said House committee chairs will continue to work on “transformative infrastructure solutions that will create good-paying jobs, regardless of the President’s behavior.”
It appeared as though Trump’s abrupt walkout had been planned in advance, given that the White House had prepared a sign to adorn the presidential lectern, and handouts that were given to reporters following the Rose Garden statement….
Former President Donald Trump put out with a statement ripping Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for supporting the bipartisan infrastructure bill while claiming he could have gotten a $2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill if not for McConnell’s opposition….
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the bipartisan infrastructure bill that made it through Congress is a “godsend” for his state, as the GOP pivots to attacking the social spending plank of President Biden’s agenda and his push to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine.
Though the legislation is seen as a feather in Mr. Biden’s cap, Mr. McConnell and 18 of histroops voted to invest $1 trillion in roads, bridges and the electric grid before the House sent it to the White House in a late Friday vote….
Punchbowl News: “The GOP leadership is bracing for rank-and-file lawmakers to attempt to strip committee assignments from the 13 Republican lawmakers who voted for the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Several of these lawmakers are also ranking members — top Republicans on committees — and those could be at risk, too.”
“A number of GOP lawmakers were upset by the fact that several of their Republican colleagues voted early for the infrastructure package, helping Democrats cross the majority threshold on a key piece of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and undermining their party strategy.”
“McCarthy’s strategy had been to wait until the Democrats reached 218 votes before Republicans cast their votes, making Pelosi and other Democratic leaders carry it on their own. But Katko and the others blew that up. There’s a lingering feeling of betrayal.”