tv House Speaker Nancy Pelosi News Conference CSPAN May 23, 2019 11:03pm-11:19pm EDT
e-book. presidents," >> at our weekly news conference house speaker nancy pelosi the abrupt ending to her meet with president trump on wednesday. he also cautioned that impeachment was a very divisive place to go in the country at moment. this is 15 minutes. > yesterday, as you know, democrats went to the white house prepared to offer the president an opportunity to historic infrastructure initiative. weeks before ee the idea that it was a good, positive meeting about how to our the infrastructure of country, roads, bridges, mass broadband in rural areas and underserved areas as systems, both waste water. for all of these things we were optimistic. hoping for housing and school construction as a
further part of the conversation. but the question is, how is it paid for? nd the president was -- the plan was, we agreed at the meeting a few weeks ago the president was to present his at yesterday's meeting. started making -- ending signals that he may not be ready or interested. he sent a letter to chuck night and to me the before saying he didn't want to do infrastructure until we do u.s.-mexico-canada, if that's not the accurate -- some it after nafta, anyway's a 2.0, but that trade agreement and it was a strange juxtaposition but you heless the next day know what happened. i think what happened is because and i know that trikes a chord with him and it. afraid of
cover-up. afraid of being accused of that-up but i really think what he knew, the one court decision was getting into a he did not want touched and they did not allow the mueller investigation to go the president's personal finances. o it was a major setback for him, and he must have known the deutsche bank decision would be consistent, but in any event, to inoculate against its presentation, he pulled a stunt. that the ly believe president has a bag of tricks and the white house has a bag of tricks that they save for occasions. they don't necessarily apply to the occasion, but they are a which is his master of distraction, we'll all agree
on that. does well.thing he to distract from problems that he has. e changes -- tries to change the subject. and while he tried to say, it's cover-up, we've been saying cover-up for a while nd our 9:00 meeting is a meeting we have anyway so it had nothing to do with him but i think what really got to him was court cases and the fact that a house democratic caucus on a path to impeachment and that's where he wants us to be. saw that that was not happening, that, again, with the cover-up, which he understands is true, just struck so it was sad because as i said to some of you yesterday, one of our -- n, our third president, had the initiative.tructure he tasked his secretary of the that to thed i said secretary of the treasury
yesterday, after the president room, that he tasked the secretary of the treasury to ut together a big infrastructure plan to follow the lewis and clark expedition, to build purchase, into the infrastructure of erie a, cumberland road, canal, things like that, that's so important to our country in mobility, andrce, a hundred years he r, teddy roosevelt, initiated his infrastructure which was green, establishment of the national parks service. century, president eisenhower put forth an interstate highway proposal, bipartisan. leader in the senate was lyndon and the nd sam rayburn president of the united states, working eisenhower together to pass that for the good of the country and its
president er eisenhower was that it would unify north america, it was a issue. so what we're talking about now, infrastructure, the president said "i" word i thought he was infrastructure. i said some of these things already. i thought, we could give him the to make a historic ontribution to the safety measure -- it's never been partisan. be partisan it to now, but i can only think that e wasn't up to the task of figuring out the difficulty costes of how to cover the of the important infrastructure egislation that we had talked before.hree weeks o -- but the president again
stormed out. have the tv cameras in there while i have my say that and t work for him either temper time, another tantrum, again, i pray for the president of the united states. i wish his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for good of the country. yes, ma'am. >> would you be prepared to rhetoric given the political -- temperament -- [inaudible] ou're concerned about his well-being. >> i am. and the united states of america. be prepared to do something differently and not oze the phrase cover-up or provoke him, would you be open to that? >> you've brought into his -- excuse. that was not the reason he did that yesterday.
that was an excuse for him to do due respect, all your question, i do not intend office onor my oath of nor do my colleagues and the house of representatives, to to r our oath of office protect and defend the constitution which has a system of checks and balances, it, and, of power in again, the question of the american people understanding what he's doing is an assault on the constitution of states.ted gum at the and chew same time. said that the u president -- today you say not to he path of a tune impeachment. an you explain why you're opposed. >> let me get it clear. the president's behavior in of his obstruction of ustice, the things that he's
doing, it's very clear. it cannot be denied. ignoring subpoenas, obstruction of justice. could be impeachable offenses, but i intend, there you might hings, understand it better if you remember these three things. to follow the facts to get the truth to the american people. two that ecognition, no one is above the law, and hree, that the president is engaged in a cover-up. statement is.t my >> while we deal with it is a ecision our caucus makes and our caucus is very much saying whatever we do, we need to be and i do we do it, think that impeachment is a very
divisive place to go in our country, and what we can -- we people the facts to the through our investigation, it may take us to a place that's of oidable in terms impeachment or not. but we're not at that place. >> yes. do you have another meeting with the president, can you work with him on anything? >> of course. mean, we're dealing with a situation that is becoming more i think we have a responsibility to try to find common ground. that unny ask you question, because yesterday, i was going to start the meeting n terms of, of course, putting it into historic perspective as 've done here but we're very busy people. the leaders in the congress, specially the president of the united states, i think. and a meeting between leaders of the president d is a historic meeting. coming not a casual together of democrats and
republicans. this is a historic meeting. it's a leadership of the legislative branch, first branch of government and the president states.united so let's make it count for something. make it count for something. by preparation, by respect for other's views, understanding that we'll have to get on points and to results for the american people. not -- wasiously did not prepared, by preparation, he so he used ared and some excuse. i'll not take responsibility for irresponsible behavior because we're pointing out the people. the american >> she has a follow up. kellyanne conway -- [inaudible] >> i'm not going to talk about her. speaker of as the the house to the president of the united states. other conversations people want up ave among themselves is to them. >> obviously, you guys have a
issues ajor legislative that you need to address. debt g about raising the ceiling, import of that. there are going to be democratic votes, how do you go back and this.ineer to keep the government open you'll have to raise the debt ceiling. >> why don't you go ask that question of the president of the states? we have always been responsible. devices our own appropriators, intelligence, and in those , ays they were not really partisan arenas. so disaster assistance, could left to their n own devices until the white house intervened. to pass the appropriations bill and we will, and hopefully we will do them in very timely fashion.
the debt ceiling will have to be lifted and that's a matter of conversation that we're having on the debt ceiling. not saying, as the president said, if you don't investigating me, if you don't stop honoring your oath of office, i can't work with you. basically what he's saying. maybe he wants to take a leave absence, i don't know, but on understand nd, we what our responsibilities are. we're fully prepared to go forward. be up to them to have -- >> do you think it puts you in a to ask for more? >> we want to do what we have to do, that's right for the people.n respectful of all the equities weighed.e to be >> one more. --have >> you said that the president be s on some level to impeached. >> i told you that.
that bit and lain also -- [inaudible] >> the what intervention? that you e a comment might -- >> i thought you said statutory intervention that. be good. article 25. troublemaker. that's a good idea. it. glad you suggested take it up -- it's not like they aven't been thinking about it but your support will be important to them. [laughter] yes, there is no question. the white house is just crying impeachment. that's why he flipped yesterday because he was hoping, because you s somehow or another, all have a story that isn't real. you want to believe there is uneasiness in our caucus. that isn't the truth. we have respect for the iversity of opinion in our caucus, and i say to the caucus our diversity is our strength. is our power and we
have unity. so, when he saw -- see, he's aying you called that meeting at 9:00. . no we have a meeting, mr. president. you. not about but it is about whatever is at that time, and so, somehow or another, you keep this story. i don't know why because it factual but nonetheless, disappointed him because he didn't see this rush to impeachment coming out of our meeting which9:00 he thought was called specifically for him. to his family and his and the nd his staff white house. this is not behavior that rises of the office of president of the united states. i said,ng said that, as i actually ardently pray for the
president, because we need -- sometimes when we're talking to he agrees, and then, i said one time, who is in charge here then all u agree and of a sudden, something changes. what goes on there? in charge? and he says he's in charge, and may be.t that he and i suspect he may be even yesterday because i don't think that any responsible assistant to the president of the united states would have advised him to do what he did yesterday. it.'s thank you all. *- [inaudible]