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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE attacked Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence 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.


"Does anyone know 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?" 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 KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE, counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump health chief: Officials actively 'working on' ObamaCare replacement plan Campaign aide: Trump asking questions shared by 'millions of Americans' with Epstein conspiracy theory Former acting solicitor general: 'Literally unfathomable' that Trump would retweet conspiracy theory about Epstein death 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down Trump ahead of New Hampshire speech: Lewandowski would be 'fantastic' senator 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."