Trump-Pelosi Meeting Meltdown: Implosion or Tactic? 🙅‍♂️

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Infrastructure funding?

Last month, President Trump, House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer announced that they would meet in May to discuss and finalize a reported $2T infrastructure bill. Fixing "America’s crumbling infrastructure" is a "pillar" of President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" plan. Pelosi mentioned that an infrastructure funding bill had potential bipartisan initiatives that would "create good paying jobs and will also generate other economic growth in their regions"

Meltdown

Despite the seemingly bipartisan support for infrastructure going into the meeting, it reportedly lasted only three minutes. Trump quickly ended the meeting and gave a speech in the Rose Garden, pushing back against Pelosi’s earlier comments of a “cover up” by his administration and “impeachable offenses” by Trump.


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Meltdown: Trump fumes, Pelosi snipes after meeting

The Daily Caller: Trump blasts Democrats in surprise presser, demands they stop investigations

Outlets on the right take one of two approaches. One is that they blame both Trump and Pelosi, in the case of Fox News, calling out each for their contributions to a failed meeting. The other, mirroring left-leaning outlets, take full aim at Pelosi for what they call “phony investigations” by Democrats.

LEANING LEFT:

Huffington Post: Rose Garden tantrum: no talks til probes end

Yahoo News: Trump torpedoes meeting with Democrats, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusation

Outlets on the left take full aim at Trump as the sole cause of the meeting's failure. They use colorful language, such as “tantrum” and “torpedo,” to describe Trump’s behavior as childish and unacceptable. The left doesn’t focus on why Trump behaved in the way that he did.


Where's the common ground?

There is clearly agreement between Democrats and Republicans on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. However, if you’ve been reading News Bling, you’ll know that impeachment talks are heating up in the House. As a result, it was unlikely that any bipartisanship might have happened during the meeting. In fact, some observers believe that the breakdown in talks could also be attributed to a stall tactic because no plan for funding the $2T infrastructure bill exists. You decide: impeachment-talk-fueled meltdown or lack-of-funding stall tactic?  

When you just don't know what to believe

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