Trump's new reality began to set in as he returned from the NATO summit in London, where he canceled a scheduled news conference after a video surfaced appearing to show several world leaders,
impromptu question-and-answer sessions with reporters alongside foreign counterparts.
Trump was "annoyed" and "bothered" by the hot mic video and people close to him said he fumed about Trudeau as he prepared to leave London.
But his attention quickly turned to the unfolding impeachment hearing after he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington. On the flight home, with the TVs tuned to the hearing, the President praised the Republican questioning of the constitutional scholars who testified on Wednesday and coordinated the White House's forceful response to one of the witnesses invoking his 13-year-old son's name
For months, Trump has partly invited but largely dreaded the prospect of being only the third President in history to be impeached. But with House Democrats now crystallizing their intentions, the President and his White House are steeling themselves for what comes next.
"If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business," Trump tweeted Thursday morning as he awaited Pelosi's remarks. "We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is."
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of having "abused his power for his own personal political benefit" and declared that the House Judiciary Committee will "proceed with articles of impeachment," the President hinted at the Republican wall Democrats are likely to run up against in the Senate.
"The good thing is that the Republicans have NEVER been more united," Trump tweeted. "We will win!"