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

Office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi/via REUTERS

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)

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william jackson
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2 lying hypocritical witches!

General Confusion
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“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

General Confusion
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“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.

General Confusion
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”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.… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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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.

James
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>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).

General Confusion
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”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.

michelle p
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Two.peas in apod

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