White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersTrump expected to resume rallies in June Andrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event MORE Sanders said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default 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 PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE had a closed-door meeting to talk about the impeachment of the president, which is ludicrous on so many fronts,” Sanders said.
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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.”