President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Democrats for holding the first House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing at the same time as his London meeting with other NATO members.
“The do-nothing Democrats decided when Im going to NATO… that was the exact time—this is one of the most important journeys that we make as president,” Trump told reporters before he left Washington for the United Kingdom on Monday.
Previously, Trump wrote on Twitter that he will be representing the United States at the NATO meeting “while the Democrats are holding the most ridiculous Impeachment hearings in history.”
“The Radical Left is undercutting our Country. Hearings scheduled on same dates as NATO!” he added.
Pompeo said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that he felt the move to hold a hearing in the House while Trump is abroad is without precedent.
“I regret that theyve chosen to hold these hearings at the same time that the president and our entire national security team will be traveling to Europe to London to work on these important matters,” Pompeo said. “Its very unfortunate.”
The president is expected to attend a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and French President Emmanuel Macron. He will also attend a NATO leaders reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Later in the week, he will partake in a NATO ceremony before meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will have lunch with representatives from Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, and the UK, Fox reported. He will have two bilateral meetings with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
Trump has long complained that European nations have to pay their fair share for U.S. military protection.
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