Trump: 'I Don't Do Cover-Ups'

May 22, 2019

President Donald Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday that he does not "do cover-ups."

"So I came here to do a meeting on infrastructure with Democrats, not really thinking they wanted to do infrastructure or anything else other than investigate," Trump said, "and I just saw that Nancy Pelosi just before our meeting made a statement that we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up."

"Well, it turns out—and I think most of you would agree to this—I'm the most transparent president probably in the history of this country," he said.

Trump said he expected the meeting on infrastructure to go smoothly.

"And I said, 'let's have the meeting on infrastructure, we'll get that done easily.' That is one of the easy ones. And instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up. I don't do cover-ups," Trump continued.

Trump repeated that he did not collude with Russia to win the 2016 election and lambasted the number of investigations into his campaign's activity.

"Now, we've had a House investigation. We have senate investigations. We have investigations like nobody has ever had and we did nothing wrong," Trump said. "They would have loved to have said we colluded. They would have loved it. These people were out to get us, the Republican Party and President Trump. They were out to get us. This was a one-sided horrible thing. The bottom line is they said there is no collusion, no collusion with Russia."

The president also excoriated how most journalists reported on the Russia investigation.

"This whole thing was a take-down attempt of the president of the United States. And honestly, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for the way you reported so dishonestly. Not all of you, but many of you, the way you reported," Trump said.

Trump added that he told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) he wants to address infrastructure, but it cannot be dealt with in the midst of "phony investigations."

Earlier today, Pelosi said Trump is engaged in a "cover-up" while speaking to reporters after a morning meeting with House Democrats.

Democrats have increased calls for impeachment after former White House Counsel Don McGahn ignored a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.