WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi openly questioned President Donald Trumpâ€™s fitness for office Thursday, suggesting a family or staff â€śinterventionâ€ť after a dramatic blow-up at a White House meeting the previous day.
Both the Republican president and Democratic leaders dug in a day after Trump stalked out of the Cabinet Room demanding an end to congressional investigations before he would work with Congress on crumbling U.S. infrastructure and other matters. By Thursday as Congress prepared to recess for the Memorial Day break, both sides were questioning each otherâ€™s stability, with the president insisting on Twitter that he was calm when he left the White House meeting that was to focus on infrastructure spending.
Pelosi said Trump has established a pattern of unpredictability and at one point even joked about the 25th Amendment, the Constitutionâ€™s provision laying out the procedure for replacing a president.
â€śI wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,â€ť Pelosi said at her weekly news conference, adding again that she prays for him and the nation.
â€śMaybe he wants to take a leave of absence,â€ť she said. Asked whether sheâ€™s concerned about Trumpâ€™s well-being, she replied, â€śI am.â€ť
She also said the White House is â€ścrying outâ€ť for the Democrats to launch impeachment hearings - the idea being that such a move would help him politically.