Meadows breezes past reporter in MSNBC live shot, returns to defend Trump

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Lawmakers aim for COVID-19 relief deal this week On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again MORE (R-N.C.) joined an NBC News reporter's live shot on Wednesday to defend President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE and insist that House Republicans were not "struggling" to stand with the president.

During a live broadcast Wednesday, NBC News reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell attempted to flag down the former Freedom Caucus chairman only for him to quickly breeze past her.

As Caldwell continued with her live report, she suggested that Republicans such as Meadows were "struggling" to defend the president, which Meadows apparently overheard.

"I'm not struggling on anything. The Republicans are not struggling on anything," he responded, quickly walking back into the camera's frame.

Meadows continued in an impromptu press conference that it was getting "easier" for Republicans to defend Trump from the House's impeachment inquiry as more witnesses testified in the probe.


"Actually, as we hear more testimony ... it's getting easier to defend the president from the standpoint of, 'there is no linkage between aid [and an investigation into former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE],' — in fact, what we're hearing today is that this is part of a broader analysis of foreign aid in general, it terms of what we should do," Meadows said.

"It wasn't just Ukraine where the aid was held up," he added.

Republicans have argued that the White House did not have an understanding with Ukraine that military aid would be held up unless Ukraine's government launched an investigation into Biden, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Democrats have argued that such an understanding did exist, and that the mere attempt by Trump to persuade Ukraine's president to open an investigation into Biden constitutes an attempt to solicit foreign interference in a U.S. election.