CNN Anderson Cooper is always quick to call out Trump for his nonsense and bad behavior and this week was no different as Cooper pointed out just how easily it is to get under the skin of our now notorious world leader.
Cooper reported on Trump storming out of an important meeting on infrastructure- that’s a move we’ve seen before- and then Trump flew off the handle to reporters outside. What happened? Well, all that had to happen was Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi had commented to reporters earlier in the day, “We believe that no one is above the law including the President of the United States and we believe that the President of the United States is engaged in a coverup.”
After the comments, Pelosi headed to the White House for the infrastructure meeting where Cooper reported that the President showed up 15 minutes late and hit the door complaining, first about Pelosi, then about the Russian investigation, and that he couldn’t work with the Democratic party while they are investigating him. THEN he walked out. Yikes.
Upon coming to the podium after storming out, Trump said, “So here’s the bottom line…there was no collusion, there was no obstruction. This whole thing was a takedown attempt at the President of the United States.” Trump continued, in the third person, “They hated President Trump. They hated him with a passion. They went to her [Clinton] big party after the election which turned out to be a wake, not a party, it was a wake. And they were very angry.”
Cooper pointed out that while a number of Mueller investigators did contribute to the Clinton campaign, some gave to GOP causes and that Mueller himself and others are registered Republicans. Cooper questioned whether anyone affiliated with that investigation actually went to the Clinton party, not that it was really an important detail of Trump’s tirade.
Trump went on to say, “I think most of you would agree with this, I’m the most transparent president in the history of this country.” Cooper questioned that, however, reminding viewers that the President no longer holds daily press briefings and had refused to have a note taker in the room with that famous meeting with Vladimir Putin.
“I think most of you would agree with this, I’m the most transparent president in the history of this country.”Donald Trump
The President went on to suggest that the American public ALREADY knows that he is honest, saying, “I don’t do cover ups. You people know that probably better than anybody.” Sure. To this Cooper hit the viewers with audio tape of now incarcerated Michael Cohen and Trump, obviously engaging in shady behavior. But no. No cover ups.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke to the press about the meeting, saying, “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.”
Trump’s characterization of that meeting was a TAD different, “I just wanted to let you know that I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, I wanna do infrastructure. I wanna do it more than you wanna 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.”
Cooper pointed out that the idea that the investigations need to be finished before the President can work to get anything done is just ludicrous. He brought up the fact that both Nixon and Clinton had continued to work under the stress of investigations and had managed to accomplish the work at hand.