Trump calls on aides in middle of presser to vouch for him amid Pelosi spat

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE attacked Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday for accusing him of storming out of a meeting at the White House the previous day after he demanded an end to congressional investigations into his administration.

While speaking at a press conference about federal aid for U.S. farmers, Trump turned to several White House aides who were present for the meeting with Pelosi the previous day to relay their view of his conduct during the brief meeting.

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"Does anyone know 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?" Trump asked the room to laughter while flanked by several U.S. farmers. "Sarah, we're just talking about the meeting yesterday ... the narrative is I was screaming and ranting and raving ... just out of curiosity, you were there, what was my tone at the meeting?"

"Very calm, I’ve seen both and this was definitely not angry or ranting," Sanders, the White House press secretary, responded to laughs in the room.

As the press conference unfolded, Trump called on several other White House officials to weigh in, including deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE, counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 7 conservative women who could replace Meghan McCain on 'The View' Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE and communications aide Mercedes Schlapp.

“Kellyanne, what was my temperament yesterday?” he asked Conway.

“Very calm. No tamper tantrum,” she responded.

Trump's comments came after Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session Senate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done MORE (D-N.Y.) held their own press conference following Wednesday's meeting, telling reporters that they were shocked that the White House was apparently unwilling to support a $2 trillion infrastructure deal unless Democrats dropped various investigations into Trump's finances and into whether the president obstructed justice in the special counsel probe.

“We had hoped that we could give this president an opportunity to have a signature infrastructure initiative to create jobs, to improve the quality of life, to just do so much for our country,” the Speaker said Wednesday after the meeting.

“For some reason, maybe it was lack of confidence on his part that he really couldn’t match the greatness of the challenge that we have, wasn’t really respectful of the Congress and the White House working together, he just took a pass,” Pelosi added. “It just makes me wonder why he did that.”

Trump and Pelosi continued to exchange barbs on Thursday, with the Democratic leader suggesting that Trump's family stage an "intervention" for the sake of the country, while the president questioned her mental stability, saying "she's lost it."