House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Oct. 2 that President Donald Trump is “scared” of the impeachment inquiry that she announced last week.
“I think the president knows the argument that can be made against him, and he’s scared,” Pelosi said in an interview with ABC News.
She said that Trump is now “trying to divert attention from that to where [he’s] standing in the way of legislation.”
Before the interview was conducted, Trump dismissed the inquiry and tweeted that the Democrats have done nothing and are focusing on impeachment to divert attention away from themselves amid an election cycle.
“The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy,” he said, adding that it’s “what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306.” He was referring to the electoral vote.
Nancy Pelosi just said that she is interested in lowering prescription drug prices & working on the desperately needed USMCA. She is incapable of working on either. It is just camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment. The Do Nothing Democrats are stuck in mud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019
But in the interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who was a former adviser and press secretary for Bill Clinton, Pelosi said she believes Trump “didn’t understand that I thought what he did was wrong” on the call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On Oct. 2, the president also dismissed her claim that she wanted to work together on a bipartisan plan to lower drug prices and update a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.
“Nancy Pelosi just said that she is interested in lowering prescription drug prices & working on the desperately needed USMCA. She is incapable of working on either. It is just camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment. The Do Nothing Democrats are stuck in mud!” Trump commented.
What’s more, Trump wrote, the impeachment inquiry is hurting the economy, driving down Dow Jones Industrial Average and Americans’ retirement funds.
“But,” he added, “that is exactly what the Democrats want to do. They are willing to hurt the Country, with only the 2020 Election in mind!”
The House Democrats on Sept. 24 announced the inquiry into whether Trump pressured Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
The White House later released a transcript of the phone call. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.