President Trump Made Get-Well Phone Call to Nadler at Hospital Last Month

June 11, 2019 Updated: June 11, 2019

President Donald Trump put aside politics in May and made a get-well call to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) after the top Democrat fell ill during a press conference in New York and was briefly hospitalized.

Nadler was at a press event on May 24 with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio when he appeared to become faint, prompting the mayor to inquire if he was OK. The congressman, who was suffering from dehydration, was transported to the Lenox Hill Hospital as a precaution.

While at the hospital, Nadler received a surprise call from Trump, who was, at the time, on Air Force One on his way to Japan, Yahoo News reported, citing an anonymous member of Nadler’s staff.

 

Trump reportedly told the House Judiciary chairman that he had seen him on television and had called to wish Nadler well. Trump also said he thought Nadler was tough and repeated it several times. The president also inquired whether he could do anything to assist Nadler, the person familiar with the call told the news website.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the call took place, when she was asked about it during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.”

“The president made that call quietly and he wanted to check on his health,” Sanders said.

“They’ve known each other a long time. Certainly are, I would say, opponents of each other on most occasions, but the president wanted to check on him after he had that health scare and make sure he was doing OK,” she added.

Trump and Nadler had been engaged in a decades-long feud involving one of Trump’s real estate projects in Nadler’s district. Trump tweeted about it in April, saying, “Some things never end.”

“Congressman Jerry Nadler fought me for years on a very large development I built on the West Side of Manhattan. He wanted a Rail Yard built underneath the development or even better, to stop the job. He didn’t get either & the development became VERY successful. Nevertheless, I got along very well with Jerry during the zoning and building process. Then I changed course (slightly), became President, and now I am dealing with Congressman Nadler again. Some things never end, but hopefully, it will all go well for everyone. Only time will tell!” he wrote on Twitter.

Nadler and other top congressional Democrats are actively pursuing investigations against the president and have called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to initiate impeachment proceedings. On June 10, Nadler brought in John Dean—former White House counsel to Richard Nixon and a political contributor to CNN—to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the “remarkable parallels” he saw between Watergate and special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Dean told the committee that Mueller’s report resembled a 1974 document that laid out the case against the former president. His testimony during the Watergate scandal helped topple Nixon. He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for his role in the scandal and was sent to prison for four months.

Nadler said Dean’s testimony, as well as those from three other former prosecutors, will help his committee “draw our own conclusions about the findings of the special counsel and other evidence before us today.”

In response, Trump condemned the hearing, saying that he couldn’t believe Nadler was bringing in Dean to testify.

“No Collusion – No Obstruction! Democrats just want a do-over which they’ll never get!” the president wrote on Twitter.

Bowen Xiao contributed to this report.

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