President Donald Trump is feuding with Nancy Pelosi after he walked out of a meeting with Congressional Democrats earlier this week because she accused him of a “cover-up.”
It was hardly the first time that a meeting with the Democratic leader has devolved into insults, but this time, there was a new angle: Trump refused to work with Democrats unless they stop investigating him.
During a press conference after the meeting, Pelosi said she hopes Trump’s family or staff will stage an “intervention” and that she prays for the president.
Meanwhile, the president has been attacking Pelosi at every chance he gets. After years of not giving her a nickname, Trump referred to the Speaker of the House as “Crazy Nancy” this week.
On Twitter, he shared a heavily-edited video of Pelosi stammering during a press conference. The president has a long history of making personal attacks but, when asked about those attacks on Friday, Trump didn’t seem to want to talk.
When asked what he hopes to accomplish with personal attacks on Pelosi, Trump shot back, “This just shows how fake you and the news are. When you say a ‘personal attack,’ did you hear what she said about me long before I went after her?”
He continued, “She made horrible statements, she knows they’re not true. She said terrible things, I just responded in kind.”
Reporter: What do you want to accomplish with your personal attacks on the speaker?
Trump: This just shows how fake you and the news are. When you say 'a personal attack,' did you hear what [Pelosi] said about me long before I went after her? … I just responded in kind pic.twitter.com/QKHgKcTl8Y
— POLITICO (@politico) May 24, 2019
President Trump and Pelosi will have a bit of breathing room to cool down after a whirlwind week in Washington that featured Trump telling his former White House counsel to ignore a Congressional subpoena, increasing calls for impeachment, and constant barbs between Trump and the Speaker.
Congress is out of session next week, and when they get back, they’re probably going to resume working on an infrastructure bill. Trump has been saying for months that he wants to do infrastructure, but that agenda has been upended by his relationship with Democrats controlling the House.