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Rep. Maxine Waters: Trump’s actions ‘leading himself’ to impeachment

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. Waters called for investigation into Trump administration ties to Russia. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Maxine Waters said Monday that President Donald Trump’s actions are “leading himself” to possible impeachment.

The California Democrat tweeted last week that her “greatest desire was to lead @realDonaldTrump right into impeachment.”

CNN’s Manu Raju asked her about the tweet Monday at a news conference about Trump’s agenda on Wall Street.

“I have not called for the impeachment yet. He’s doing it himself,” Waters responded. “Let me just say that the statement I made is a statement in response to questions and pleas that I’m getting from many citizens across this country. What are we going to do? How can a President who is acting in the manner that he’s acting.”

Waters said that she’s concerned with Trump’s executive orders related to travel and immigration, “the way he’s talking about Muslims,” and his friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I think that he’s leading himself in that kind of position, where folks are going to ask, ‘What are we going to do?’ and the answer is going to be, ‘Eventually, we’ve got to do something about him,'” she said. “We cannot continue to have a President who’s acting in this manner. It’s dangerous to the United States of America.”

CNN has reached out to the White House for a response to Waters’ statement and has not yet received a response.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi dodged the question and said impeachment will only be an issue for Trump “when and if” he breaks the law

“I’m not here to talk about impeachment today,” she said at the same news conference. “Any of the things that the congresswoman said are grounds for displeasure and unease in the public about the performance of this President, who has acted in a way that is strategically incoherent, that is incompetent and that is reckless. And that is not grounds for impeachment.”

Pelosi continued, “When and if he breaks the law, that is when something like that would come up, but that is not the subject of today.”

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