Nancy Pelosi and Ivanka Trump were both honored at a gala in Washington, DC, Wednesday night, just hours after the House Speaker mocked the first daughter's father for throwing a 'tantrum' and storming out of a meeting.
Both Pelosi and Ivanka received awards at the Internet Association’s Sixth Annual Charity Gala for their advocacy efforts for STEM education and opportunities.
Ivanka, who is Trump's advisor, donned a mint green dress as she accepted the association's Internet Freedom Award 'for her dedicated efforts to expanding computer science education opportunities to all Americans'.
Meanwhile, Pelosi kept it classy in a plum dress as she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award 'for her sustained leadership on STEM education for the next generation of American tech leaders'.
Shortly after Pelosi received her award Trump fired off a tweet: 'In a letter to her House colleagues, Nancy Pelosi said: "President Trump had a temper tantrum for us all to see." This is not true. I was purposely very polite and calm, much as I was minutes later with the press in the Rose Garden.'
'Can be easily proven. It is all such a lie!' he added.
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Ivanka Trump, who is the president's advisor, donned a mint green dress as she accepted the association's Internet Freedom Award 'for her dedicated efforts to expanding computer science education opportunities to all Americans'
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kept it classy in a plum dress as she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award 'for her sustained leadership on STEM education for the next generation of American tech leaders'
Trump was referring to an incident that took place earlier on Wednesday when Pelosi escalated a war of words with the president by accusing him of committing 'impeachable offenses' and dismissing him storming out of a morning White House infrastructure summit three minutes into it as a 'poor baby' moment.
Pelosi mocked his conduct on a day of drama as 'very strange,' shortly after Trump blew up a meeting with Democratic leadership scheduled to discuss how to fund $2trillion of infrastructure investment by berating her and Chuck Schumer then holding a Rose Garden press conference to attack them more.
The showdown in the Cabinet Room came at what was supposed to be a summit with Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats.
But Pelosi had accused him just over an hour earlier of presiding over a 'cover-up' after holding a meeting with her caucus, some of whom are pushing aggressively to impeach the president - leaving him fuming, according to a White House official.
Instead of talking about spending, Trump walked into the room, berated the Democrats and walked out to the Rose Garden to address reporters who had been moved in front of it even before Schumer and Pelosi sat down in the Cabinet room.
'I don't do cover-ups,' Trump told the reporters, speaking in front of a podium emblazoned 'No collusion, no obstruction.'
'You people probably know that better than anybody,' he added. He said wouldn't work with Pelosi or Schumer, the Senate Minority leader, until they stood down the investigations.
Trump spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden on Wednesday after cutting short a planned meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer; he said he won't work with them as long as they're pursuing a carefully crafted plan to investigate and impeach him
Ready for battle: Trump walked to the podium set up for his impromptu press conference with pages of notes, some of which were hand written
Even before Pelosi and Schumer had arrived from Capitol Hill, White House reporters were invited to stand in front of the podium emblazoned with criticism of the Mueller probe from Trump spoke
'When they get everything done, I'm all set to – let's get infrastructure, let's get drug prices down. In the meantime we're doing excellent work without them,' Trump said.
Pelosi and Schumer rushed back to Capitol Hill and held their own joint press conference, with Pelosi saying: 'I pray for for the president of the United States.'
An hour later she upped the ante, accusing him of committing 'impeachable offenses'.
Pelosi described the meeting as 'very, very, very strange'.
'He walked away. Whether he intended to act on what he said before remains to be seen,' she said at the CAPS Ideas conference.
She also said that Trump, 'in an orchestrated - almost poor baby point of view' came into the room and 'said that I said he was engaged in a cover up and couldn't possibly, couldn't possibly engage in a conversation on infrastructure as long as we were investigating him'.
'Now we were investigating him since we took over the majority so there's nothing new in that. And then he had a press conference in the Rose Garden with all these sort visuals that were obviously planned before I said most currently he was engaged in a cover up. So it's really sad,' she added.
Pelosi told reporters that she's praying for Trump and was amazed at the way the president ended the scheduled sit-down
Schumer claimed the president's storm-out was a setup and he never intended to negotiate over infrastructure spending in the first place
The confrontation and effective declaration by Trump of all-out war came on a morning which had opened with liberal Democrats piling pressure on Pelosi to consider opening formal impeachment proceedings.
Some progressives believe impeachment is the only mechanism capable of short-circuiting the White House's refusal to obey House subpoenas for documents and testimony.
Progressive lawmakers used an early-morning meeting of the Democratic caucus to deliver their message to the Speaker - who faced them down and declined to proceed with impeachment.
Then, in a press conference after the caucus meeting, Pelosi fired the day's first salvo by accusing Trump of engaging in a 'cover-up' fueled by his refusal to let former White House lawyer Don McGahn and current Attorney General Bob Barr testify in Democrat-led hearings.
'We do believe that it’s important to follow the facts. We believe that no one is above the law, including the President of the United States. And we believe that the President of the United States is engaged in a cover-up,' she told reporters at the Capitol.
A senior White House aide said that Trump was fuming at the cover-up allegation as soon as he saw it.
He may have been set off by a House committee's subpoena for testimony and documents from his former communications director.
Trump has yet to comment on the attempt by the House Judiciary Committee to compel testimony from Hope Hicks, a former aide, who is now the executive vice president and chief communications officer for Fox.
Hicks has not addressed the subpoena and isn't expected to testify again.
The White House claimed this week that Trump has the power to shield current and former senior officials from compelled testimony to Congress, and he argued Wednesday that the hours of questions his aides endured from lawmakers and Mueller in previous sessions were more than enough.
But instead of canceling the meeting, he let the two top Democrats and other leaders come to the Cabinet Room and asked officials to organize a podium and for White House reporters to be in the Rose Garden.
When the Democrats arrived to the White House, the president walked in and berated them.
Then he walked out three minutes later and said nearly the same thing to reporters that he had said to the Democratic leaders and senior aides.
Trump told the press that he had entered his meeting with Pelosi and Schumer saying he wanted a deal to fund refurbishment and replacement of infrastructure like roads, tunnels, bridges and airports.
'But you know what?' he said he told them. 'You can't do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with.'
He says he told them: 'It's sad. This meeting was set up a number of days ago at 11 o'clock. All of a sudden I hear last night they'll have a meeting, right before this meeting, to talk about "The I-word," he said, referring to impeachment over claims that he obstructed justice.'
Trump tweeted a mouthful after the White House blowup, ending with a jab at Nancy Pelosi for piously saying she would be praying for him
Democrats in Congress are hanging on Pelosi's every word as the try to discern whether she's on board for a Trump impeachment
Special Counsel Robert Mueller dismissed Democrats' claims that his campaign colluded with Russians in 2016, but left it to Trump's own Justice Department to determine whether to charge him with obstruction for allegedly trying to impede the Russia probe.
'The I-word! Can you imagine? I don't speak to Russians about campaigns,' Trump said. 'When I went to Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania, I don't say, "Let's call Russia." ... It's a hoax. The greatest hoax in history.'
Moments after Trump concluded speaking, Pelosi and Schumer rebutted him on Capitol Hill.
'He wasn't really respectful. He took a pass, and it just makes me wonder why he did that,' Pelosi told reporters. 'In any event, I pray for the President of the United States and I pray for the United States of America.'
'He came in the room and made the statement he made – well, I won't even characterize it,' she said.
Schumer accused Trump of orchestrating the whole spectacle in advance.
'It's clear this was not a spontaneous move on the president's part,' Schumer claimed. 'It was planned.
'To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop.
'When we got in the room the curtains were closed, the President – there was a place for him at the front, so he could stand and attempt to tell us why he wouldn't do infrastructure.
'And of course, then he went to the Rose Garden with prepared signs that had been printed up long before our meeting.'
The senior White House official who spoke to DailyMail.com said the sign was printed a month before - and Trump had used the graphic that