Sarah Sanders denies Trump walkout was premeditated

White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders: Democrats should 'quit lying and do their jobs' Biden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' MORE Sanders said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' 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 MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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.”