U.S. House Speaker Pelosi All Smiles After Meeting with Ocasio-Cortez

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had no hatchet to bury on Friday, playing down tensions after a meeting between the powerful speaker and freshman lawmaker who in recent months has seized the Democratic Party spotlight.

In clashes with her own party leaders as well as the White House over border aid and other issues, Ocasio-Cortez and a handful of other left-wing Democratic progressives have become a target for President Donald Trump and his Republicans heading into the 2020 U.S. elections.

The rise of “the squad,” as Ocasio-Cortez’s small group of four minority congresswomen is known, has sometimes appeared to strain Pelosi’s patience as she works to keep House Democrats unified and to restrain demands from many lawmakers to start impeachment proceedings against Trump.

In a news conference on Friday, Pelosi minimized divisions with Ocasio-Cortez and the other three squad members – Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

Asked if she and Ocasio-Cortez had buried the hatchet, Pelosi told reporters, “I don’t think there ever was any hatchet.”

“These, some personality issues and the rest, they are minor,” she said.

“We sat down today. We had a good meeting. And the congresswoman is a very gracious member of Congress, so we had a very positive conversation about our districts and how we represent them, our country.”

Pelosi also said that differences of opinion in the Democratic Party should be respected.

“We are not a lockstep, rubber-stamp representation of anything,” she said, recalling past party brawls over issues such as the Iraq war.

Ocasio-Cortez did not speak to reporters after the meeting and there was no immediate comment from her office.

The Capitol Hill meeting with Pelosi came at the request of the 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez as Congress departed Washington for a six-week break with an uncertain outlook for Democrats’ legislative agenda and their multiple investigations of Trump.

The speaker, who is 79, declined to list her policy differences with Ocasio-Cortez but others did on Twitter. Among other things they “hold different positions on Medicare for All, free college and cancelling student debt, taking corporate donations, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and border issues, impeachment,” wrote Waleed Shahid, communications director for the Justice Democrats, a left-wing group that helped launch Ocasio-Cortez’s political career last year.

Initiating an impeachment proceeding against Trump remains high on the priority list for Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez while Pelosi has worked to rein in impeachment demands.

At least 90 House of Representatives Democrats as of early this week had said they support starting impeachment investigations against Trump.

Earlier this month Pelosi appeared dismissive of the influence of Ocasio-Cortez and the squad in an interview with the New York Times. Ocasio-Cortez responded by telling the Washington Post that she thought Pelosi had been “disrespectful.”

Trump then attacked the minority lawmakers in tweets that the House of Representatives, under Pelosi’s leadership, afterward voted to condemn as racist.

While Trump’s attack was seen by some as an attempt to divide Democrats, it gave Pelosi a chance to come to the squad’s defense and reset her relationship with the lawmakers as the 2020 congressional and presidential elections approach.

Sarah Matthews, the Trump campaign’s deputy press secretary, on Friday poked fun at the meeting of Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez, saying, “So nice for the leader of the Democratic party to take time out of her busy schedule to meet with Nancy Pelosi.”

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Bill Trott)

Responses

  1. “a no-cost education (not indoctrination like Commie Bernie wants you to have).” Confused James

    Schools that have “In God We Trust” written on its walls” such as in your home state, or ones that try to force reciting the Pledge Of Allegiance, schools that teach Creationism instead of real science are the ones indoctrinating kids at great expense to this country’s future.

    http://www.commondreams(dot)org/views/2016/02/22/why-we-need-democratic-socialism-fix-our-educational-system

  2. “Check out Screwtape, Sherri, Cheryl, Otis and a few others who have their heads screwed on straight for a no-cost education (not indoctrination like Commie Bernie wants you to have).” Confused James

    Confused conservatives such as this clique need to form a mutual support group because you have to reaffirm yourselves to each other. You all should take some guidance from Groucho Marx’s oft-quoted idea: I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.

  3. ”BTW, in case you’re interested: Reason #8 to Reject Socialism: Socialism Promotes Atheism.” Confused James

    See? This is EXACTLY what I mean by you being completely ignorant about socialism AND that you have no understanding or comprehension of what you read, or you are pushing an illadvised agenda.

    Socialism ALLOWS religious belief just as we tolerate it in America. However, the fundamentalist Christians here want to set up a Christian theocracy more terrible than a caliphate (with death being the most common punishment for any percieved “crime”, and the death of all Jews), against our Constitution.

    Communism essentionally abolishes religion. See? There ARE differencss between communism and socialism, but you just won’t accept this fact and you continue to spread confused nonsense. Stop, just stop.

  4. You have to hand it to AOC. For a decade, R’s spend millions on ads telling you how Nancy Pelosi was sooo far left–then along comes AOC and demonstrates exactly what sooo :far left actually is. Reminds me of how R’s sold you on Obamacare was “socialized medicine” and along comes Bernie with his Medicare for All, putting that propaganda to rest.

    1. You are STILL confused about what universal health care really is. Please, educate yourself.

  5. >Generally Confused<

    Glad to see you're reading my posts. My question then is: Are you learning anything; or, just going to stay dumbed down until after graduation (from kindergarten -?)

    Check out Screwtape, Sherri, Cheryl, Otis and a few others who have their heads screwed on straight for a no-cost education (not indoctrination like Commie Bernie wants you to have).

    1. Agreeing with you is not synonymous with having their heads screwed on straight.

  6. ”BTW, in case you’re interested: Reason #8 to Reject Socialism: Socialism Promotes Atheism.” Confused James

    Ha, ha, ha! Hallelujah! There is nothing wrong with NOT believing in fantasy, magic and make-believe.

    1. As usual, you’re unable to do spell “RESEARCH” and begin to learn something. Just because YOU repeatedly mock a statement doesn’t mean there’s any truth to a word you say. Pathetic!

      BTW: Reason #6 of 10 to Reject Socialism: “Socialism OPPOSES Parental Rights in Education”. (The State decides what children will be taught; NOT the parents. Called “Indoctrination”, not “Education”.)

      I have more RESEARCH on Socialism; but I don’t want you to learn too much too fast and become more confused with truthful information. I doubt you could handle the truth.

  7. As long as AOC allows Pelosi to keep her power , Pelosi could care less what AOC does. Same with all the Dems, only interested in power.

    1. Seriously, Bob, have you found a politician in D.C. that is not interested in power??? John Boehner refused to stand up to Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor in accepting the Grand New Deal he had negotiated with Obama. Boehner again failed to stand up to the Freedom Caucus when they threatened his Speakership if he put the bipartisan Senate Immigration bill on the floor for a vote. Ryan had to agree to NO Immigration bills to get the Freedom Caucus to support his speakership vote. Trump shutdown the government when Ann Coulter criticized his agreeing to the Senate appropriations agreement. McConnell is putting the national security of the U.S. in the hands of foreign adversaries believing that Russia will act in the interest of the Republican Party—while ignoring the capabilities of China and Iran.

  8. I wish thought balloons appeared in every picture. I wonder what their’s would say? Let’s hope for some amusing captions.

    Nancy: You have NO idea how long it took for my morticians to put a smile on my face. I can’t wait until my necromancers can transfer your youth to me.
    AOC: If I were still bartending I’d spike your drink. In the new People’s Republic you and other elderly would be put to death.

    1. It is a still photo. Where are you seeing grinding of teeth?

  9. To James,

    Like pornography, I know Socialism when I see it. This includes all kinds of entitlements and “free” shit. Don’t get me started on Social Security, which is a Ponzi scheme established by Socialist/Fascist FDR.

    Thank goodness I no longer have an income from which SS can take big bites. I personally would receive 10-15 cents on the dollar for all the money I paid into it, but I never counted on it anyway.

    Don’t get me started on SNAP, which the Party of Science would never acknowledge as countering Darwin in action. Too stupid, unlucky, lazy, etc. to feed yourself? Too bad.

    1. While I enjoy your comments and the intelligence behind them, I’m going to pass on the Social Security discussion. I’m enjoying my retirement with SS and have been since 1997. Call it want you want. It buys my beans and I’m staying vertical which is all that matters.

    2. Perhaps because the population of my county is 25% over the age of 65, it is more common for me to see an elderly SNAP recipient ahead of me at the grocery store than to see someone of working age. As James will attest, one does NOT survive paying living expenses on Social Security alone. If they are not paying monthly rent, then they are paying property & school taxes, property insurance, and maintenance. In order to collect the maximum monthly SS benefit of $2,861 a worker must have earned at least $132,900 for 35 yrs. Is is rare to find a 70 or 80 yr old in my county that meets that requirement–The folks in front of me at the grocery store don’t appear stupid or lazy–perhaps not lucky to have had the advantages that you and I have had.

  10. To James and Dave,

    They may be pigs, but they are both feeding at the trough of taxpayer dollars.

    Am I the only to think a “non-performance” clause should be built into their salaries, benefits, perks? Too bad THEY are the ones to pass such a law.

    Congress. Nice work if you can get it. Oink!!

    1. How are they different than McConnell? He has been in Congress as long as Pelosi and AOC COMBINED! If the job is so easy, WHY don’t you run for Congress? Introduce your “non-performance” clause and your term limits bills and see how far they get.

  11. Nancy was once considered the extreme of Leftism. Now she’s a “moderate”. My how times change and the Dims with them. They have now embraced Socialism full-time.

    1. Are you sure you know what Socialism is? There are (*ahem*) “experts” who frequent this site who would probably tell you how ignorant you are and you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      BTW, in case you’re interested: Reason #8 to Reject Socialism: Socialism Promotes Atheism. (Per Lenin and Karl Marx.)

  12. You can’t fix stupid, and i see 2 of them in this pic!!!! Both need to be taken out of government and i am fed up with these 2 idiots who cause BS and do not help Americans.

  13. “We are not a lockstep, rubber-stamp representation of anything,” said L. Trotsky after his final meeting with V. I. Lenin.

  14. Clearly, San Fran Nan is clenching her teeth from having the knife twisted in her back by AOC.

  15. I could just about “PUKE” on this BS story……….

  16. the little socialist witch smiling next to the old socialist witch, how touching. considering they hate each other’s guts it’s amazing the camera didn’t crack.

    1. You are really confused.

      There is NOTHING socialist about Pelosi. She is very, very conservative, to the point of being confused about just what a liberal really is.

      Just because you may not agree with her doesn’t make her a socialist. Besides, what’s wrong with being a democratic socialist?

  17. Wouldn’t it be nice to make $180k a year and have a 6 week vacation too? No wonder AOC is smiling, Nancy just offered her the use of her million dollar Hawaii condo.

    1. No. She’s already booked at one of Bernie’s three homes, probably the one on the lake.

  18. Two idiotic left wing brain dead trouble makers . together and neither one with a brain . Hard to tell what they were trying to accomplish but sure 2 chimps could have done the same only better .
    Working against the country instead of trying to solve problems like immigration and other important problems. Resist and waste money is all dummycrats know. Shame.

  19. Dumb and dumber yet! Together they are pulling the Democrat Party (it is not the Democratic Party…. far from it) down the rabbit hole.

  20. “Ocasio-Cortez did not speak to reporters after the meeting and there was no immediate comment from her office.” Now there’s a first! I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that meeting. Maybe Comey has that office bugged…oh wait, no, Pelosi is Democrat, never mind. Darn! I don’t know which is scarier, their fake smiles, or AOC’s temporary (I’m sure) lack of comment.

    1. I was thinking the same thing. An old pig and a younger pig bit they still are both pigs.

  21. Obviously, Cortez getting her orders from Pelosi. They are basically propping one another up, and it just looked like the perfect time as for a selfie.

    1. I’ll bet it’s the other way around, Judy. Isn’t Pelosi Speaker in name only with Occasionally Coherent being the real mouthpiece for the entire Party?

  22. Nancy talks out both sides of her mouth at once, how she sucks up to a person that hates her and wants to get rid of her is proof.

  23. Nice set of boobs (as in buffoon, comical, ridiculous, etc.)

    1. No need to take digs at the fact that they are women- it’s obvious that you are doing this especially with your parentheses just to attempt to make you not look like the misogynistic man than you are.

  24. Piglosi does put on the phony grin a lot when confronted with obstacles. Her condescension is most off-putting and her lack of transparency is beyond opaque, but she is a political animal and this is how the game is played. AOC, et al, is/are a threat to Piglosi’s status and she obviously does not know what to do about it. Dumbocrats in disarray would be amusing if not so ‘potentially’ dangerous.

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