Trump walks out on Democrats in fury over Russia probe May 23, 2019 0 760 12345 AFPWashingtonUS President Donald Trump abruptly shut down a White House meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday to vent his fury over ongoing probes into his links to Russia.Trump showed the door to top congressional Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer almost as soon as they came in for what was meant to have been a rare bipartisan session on national infrastructure spending.Moments later, a livid Trump gathered journalists in the Rose Garden to announce that he could not deal with Democrats as long as they mount “phony investigations.” The presidential meltdown doomed what had been flagged as a hopeful moment of cross-party cooperation on fixing the country’s creaking public infrastructure.The two sides gave completely different versions of what happened.According to Trump, he blew up the meeting because Pelosi had just beforehand accused him of mounting a cover-up of the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into his alleged collusion with Russia and alleged attempts to obstruct the investigation.Mueller said there was no hard evidence of collusion, even if links between the real estate tycoon’s campaign and Moscow did raise eyebrows. But the prosecutor said he could not rule clearly on whether Trump obstructed justice, leaving it to the Trump-appointed attorney general, Bill Barr, to declare there was no obstruction.The Democrats’ decision to pursue the grey areas of the investigation further -- and their discussing of whether or not to launch impeachment proceedings -- has enraged Trump.“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump told the hastily convened press conference at the White House. “Here is the bottom line: there was no collusion, there was no obstruction.” Accusing Democrats of harassing the presidency, Trump said the infrastructure plans were doomed for now and seemed to threaten breaking relations with the opposition party, which controls the lower house of Congress. RELATED ARTICLES EU vote crucial for future of Europe May 23, 2019 0 383 Austria’s Kurz names new ministers after scandal May 23, 2019 0 450 Five key figures May 23, 2019 0 410 Risk of nuclear war highest since WW2: UN arms research chief REUTERS GENEVA The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior UN security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an “urgent” issue that the world should take more seriously. Renata Dwan, .. Dozens of migrants intercepted in Aegean Sea Athens: Ten migrants have been intercepted at the start of Greece’s tourism season by airport police on the holiday islands of Santorini and Kos, officials said on Wednesday. The migrants had been hoping to travel on to .. Brazil’s president revises decree, bans carrying assault weapons Brasília: Brazilians will no longer be permitted to carry assault weapons on the street after pro-gun President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday revised an order that enabled millions of civilians to be armed in public. .. ‘President conduct could be impeachable’ Washington: The top Democrat in the US Congress charged on Wednesday that President Donald Trump could have committed an “impeachable” offence by ignoring congressional subpoenas, likening it to the “cover-up” that .. PM May implores parliament in final bid to save Brexit deal AFP London Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday implored British MPs to back her reworked EU divorce deal but saw pro-Brexit Conservatives and opposition parties savage her bid for a compromise to end months of ..