Pelosi: Democrats' unity is throwing Trump off balance

Pelosi: Democrats' unity is throwing Trump off balance
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) argued Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE is unsettled by Democrats because they show more unity than members of his own party.

Pelosi's comments at a Center for American Progress conference came shortly after Trump abruptly walked out of a White House meeting with Democratic leaders on infrastructure.

Moderator Neera Tanden, who serves as president of the Center for American Progress, noted that Trump has yet to come up with a demeaning nickname for Pelosi as he has for other top Democrats.

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Pelosi said the unity among her party, compared to the fractured House GOP caucus Trump dealt with when they held the majority, "gives me leverage."

"He recognizes the unity of our caucus. And that is a very big deal," Pelosi said. "On his side of the aisle, he didn't see that kind of unity."

Shortly before the monthlong government shutdown that began in late December, Trump acknowledged in an interview that Democrats showed more unity than Republicans.

“They’re lousy politicians, they’re lousy on policy, they got the worst ideas in the world, but they stick together,” Trump said, according to the book "The Hill to Die On."

“And the Republicans do not stick together as well, OK? There’s no question about it. And I respect them for that, and I tell the Republicans that," he added. "I say, ‘These people stick together. Even if it’s bad, they stick together.’”

Trump cut off the bipartisan infrastructure talks with Democratic leaders earlier Wednesday after Pelosi said he was engaged in a "cover-up." Pelosi's comments came after a Democratic caucus meeting in which lawmakers discussed their strategy for investigating the Trump administration and debated launching an impeachment inquiry. 

After the brief meeting, Trump demanded that Democrats “get these phony investigations over with” before infrastructure discussions could resume.

“I’ve said from the beginning that you probably can’t go down two tracks,” Trump said in the Rose Garden. “You can go down the investigation track, or you can go down the investment track. ... We’re going to go down one track at a time.”

Pelosi later doubled down on accusing Trump of engaging in a "cover-up."

"The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he's engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense," Pelosi said.