Pelosi accuses Trump of throwing 'temper tantrum'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Calif.) accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE of throwing a "temper tantrum" and leaving a White House meeting on Wednesday in a letter to the entire Democratic Caucus that said her party would keep working on infrastructure.

Pelosi defended trying to work with Trump on the issue, a move which had drawn skepticism from some Democrats.

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"There were those who said that we should not work with the president, but we believe that we must be For The People and create good-paying jobs for American workers. Democrats are here for the country," Pelosi wrote.

"Sadly, the only job the President seems to be concerned with is his own. He threatened to stop working with Democrats on all legislation unless we end oversight of his Administration and he had a temper tantrum for us all to see," Pelosi wrote.

Trump walked out of the White House meeting with Democratic leaders after Pelosi suggested he might be committing a crime by refusing to turn over documents to congressional panels, and telling witnesses not to testify. Pelosi said Trump was engaging in a "cover-up," a description that appeared to anger the president.

After leaving the meeting, Trump went to the Rose Garden to demand that House Democrats drop their investigations before they could work together on a bipartisan infrastructure plan.

Pelosi in her letter said that relevant committee leaders will keep working on their own infrastructure bills even if Trump won't pursue a trillion-dollar infrastructure package.

"Our outstanding Committee Chairs will continue to work relentlessly on bold, transformative infrastructure solutions that will create good-paying jobs, regardless of the president’s behavior," Pelosi wrote.

Trump met with Democratic leaders in late April, where they agreed to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

They had planned to meet on Wednesday to follow up on how to pay for it, but Trump sent a letter to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (D-N.Y.) Tuesday night saying that Congress should approve the new trade pact with Mexico and Canada before turning to infrastructure. 

Some Democrats had questioned whether it was prudent for Democratic leaders to meet with Trump this week on infrastructure amid the White House's refusal to cooperate with their investigations, actions which are sparking talk of impeachment.