Published On: Wed, May 22nd, 2019

Trump hits back at Democratic claims of ‘cover-up’

US President Donald Trump has angrily lashed out at Democratic leaders’ claims he is engaged in a “cover-up.”

“I don’t do cover-ups,” the Republican president said in an unscheduled statement from the White House.

It came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met fellow Democrats to discuss impeaching the president.

Mr Trump is fighting congressional inquiries by ignoring subpoenas, withholding documents and blocking testimony by current and ex-advisers.

The president held a scheduled meeting about infrastructure with Democratic leaders Mrs Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Wednesday, but it broke up after just five minutes.

Mr Trump told reporters later: “This whole thing was a takedown attempt.”

“I told Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, that I wanted to do infrastructure,” Mr Trump said. “Get these phony investigations over with.”

The president added that he respect Congress, but “what they’ve done here, though, is abuse.”

He also railed against Democrats invoking “the big I word”, in a reference to impeachment.

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BBC News – World

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Trump hits back at Democratic claims of ‘cover-up’