Sarah Sanders denies Trump walkout was premeditated

White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders says she 'can't think of anything dumber than' having Congress run foreign policy Rapid turnover shapes Trump's government God did not elect Trump, people did MORE Sanders said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE’s abrupt departure from a meeting with congressional leaders and subsequent Rose Garden speech weren’t planned.

Trump “absolutely” intended to stay for the White House meeting about infrastructure, which is what “yesterday was supposed to be about,” Sanders said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“That was what yesterday was supposed to be about until Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE had a closed-door meeting to talk about the impeachment of the president, which is ludicrous on so many fronts,” Sanders said.

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Trump’s speech came as a response Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) claim that Trump “engaged in a cover-up,” which she said minutes before heading to the White House.

But the president’s trip to the Rose Garden appeared to be planned, with many pointing to the printed placard — which read “No Collusion No Obstruction” with statistics attacking special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election — on Trump’s podium minutes after the walkout.

“The placard had been printed weeks ago,” Sanders said on Thursday morning, “so it’s not like this was some new talking point or some new moment. That’s something we’ve been talking about since the end of the Mueller report,” she said.

A White House official said Wednesday that there was no long-standing plan to ambush Democrats and that the “catalyst” for Trump’s walkout was Pelosi’s comments.

Sanders added that “it’s time for Democrats to get on board” with the report’s findings and stop pushing to investigate the administration.

“They don’t get to do a do-over because they didn’t like the outcome,” Sanders said on “New Day.” “That’s like me telling my kids, ‘I’m sorry you didn’t win your soccer game, but that’s OK, we’ll just play it over.’ That’s not how life works.”