Washington - US President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats for continuing with hearings in the impeachment inquiry while he heads to London to meet with leaders of NATO member states to mark the alliance's 70th anniversary.
"It's an absolute disgrace what they are doing to our country," Trump said as he prepared to depart Washington for London, noting the NATO meeting was planned well in advance.
The president said he would not be sending lawyers to impeachment inquiry hearings, calling the process a "hoax."
He vowed to raise the issue of NATO members' defence spending during the leaders' meeting. "They are going to have to do a little more burden sharing," he said, insisting that the status quo has been "unfair" to the US.
On Wednesday, as Trump is due to be wrapping up his trip to London and will likely hold a press conference, the Judiciary Committee at the House of Representatives will start the second phase of the impeachment inquiry.