In a CNN interview, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Donald Trump’s walkout from a meeting with congressional leaders and his speech in the Rose Garden afterward was not planned ahead of time, according to The Hill.
Trump walked out of the meeting on infrastructure after learning that House Speaker Nancy Palosi (D-CA) had held a closed-door meeting on impeachment earlier in the day. Just minutes before going to the White House for the meeting, Palosi accused Trump of engaging in a cover-up.
After a placard that stated “No Collusion–No Obstruction” and contained statistics about the Mueller investigation was seen on Trump’s podium, it was speculated that he might have planned the walkout ahead of time. Sanders said the placard had been printed weeks earlier and that Trump’s walkout had not been pre-planned.
“That’s something we’ve been talking about since the end of the Mueller report,” she said. Another White House official also said that the “catalyst” for the walkout was Palosi’s comments.
“They don’t get to do a do-over because they didn’t like the outcome,” Sanders said in the interview, comparing it to her kids losing a soccer game and wanting a rematch.
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