2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ripped President Donald Trump for “hold[ing] America’s infrastructure hostage” by not agreeing to work with Democrats while he’s under investigation.
Harris told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” on Wednesday night that she and her Democratic colleagues would not stop investigating despite Trump’s demand.
The California senator pointed out that almost half of American families are a $400 unexpected expense away from financial disruption and that broken infrastructure such as shoddy roads could lead to those unexpected expenses.
“If you want to talk about a representative government — and shouldn’t leaders lead on behalf of the people as opposed to self-interest — then just connect all the dots,” Harris said. “Right now, families are suffering.”
The president reportedly stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leaders Wednesday in protest of ongoing investigations and subpoenas into his campaign and administration.
“You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously,” Trump tweeted soon after. “It just doesn’t work that way.”
….But they really want a do-over! You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously – it just doesn’t work that way. You can’t go down two tracks at the same time. Let Chuck, Nancy, Jerry, Adam and all of the rest finish playing their games….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2019
Harris didn’t buy it.
“No, this is a false choice,” she said. “We cannot abandon our democracy for the sake of appeasing somebody who is completely focused on his interests only.”
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was at the infrastructure meeting Wednesday and was a prime target of Trump’s criticism following the interaction.
“Today was the day he was supposed to tell us how he would be willing to support and pay for all of that,” Pelosi said on CNN on Wednesday after the president abruptly cut the meeting short.
Similar to Harris, Pelosi called Trump’s walk-out “orchestrated” and accused him of making excuses for not getting work done on infrastructure.
“We’ve been investigating him since we took the majority, so there’s nothing in that,” she said. “And then he had a press conference in the Rose Garden with all of these visuals that obviously were planned long before I said most currently that he was engaged in a cover-up.”