Nancy Pelosi tells reporter she’s ‘done’ with Trump

June 12, 2019

When CNN reporter Manu Raju asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a comment Tuesday on President Donald Trump’s latest insults, the Democrat leader snapped, saying: “I’m done with him. I don’t even want to talk about him.”

Raju asked Pelosi for her take on a vicious broadside by Trump, who called Pelosi “nasty” and “vindictive” while away in France last week. While Pelosi attempted to blame Trump for the pair’s ongoing war of words, Trump’s comments were a response, at least partly, to reports that Pelosi said she wanted to see Trump imprisoned.

Pelosi reportedly made the comments while Trump was away in Britain on his first state visit to the country.

Pelosi “done” with Trump

The Trump-Pelosi feud shifted across the Atlantic last week as Trump, in an interview with Fox’s Laura Ingraham in Normandy, excoriated Pelosi as a “disgrace,” a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person” and “Nervous Nancy.” Shortly before Trump’s interview was published, Pelosi, also in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, was dismissive in response to questions about Trump, saying it was her “principle” not to talk about the president while she was abroad.

Pelosi’s response follows a pattern: while attacking Trump in the most incendiary rhetoric imaginable, Pelosi has blamed Trump while maintaining an appearance of being above the fray. In the interview with Raju at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2019 Fiscal Summit, Pelosi swatted the reporter’s questions about Trump’s latest barbs and became rattled when he persisted in asking about the commander in chief.

“We never criticize a president of the United States when we are overseas,” Pelosi told Raju. “The president took a different tack. I’m done with him. I don’t even want to talk about him.”

Pelosi said that Trump scores a “victory” when Democrats let the “diverter of attention in chief” control the dialogue, adding: “My stock goes up every time he attacks me.”

Pelosi elaborated that Trump is attempting to distract from his own behavior on issues like trade and infrastructure, again blaming Trump for a spat last month when the president walked out of an infrastructure meeting after Pelosi accused Trump of a “cover-up.”

While Pelosi faulted Trump for criticizing her while overseas, Pelosi reportedly had no problem insulting Trump while the president was away on official state business. Pelosi told Democrats at a closed-door meeting last week that she wanted to see Trump thrown in jail, according to Politico.

“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said.

Visible frustration

When Raju persisted in asking Pelosi about her imprisonment comments, she dodged. Pelosi became visibly annoyed as Raju pressed the matter, saying she “doesn’t care.”

“I don’t care what motivates him and we may never know,” Pelosi said. “But in front of the tombstones of our fallen…you be the judge as to whether you think it’s appropriate for the president to take that tack… I’m not going to that place.”

Like she often does, Pelosi insisted that she wanted to discuss policy, not Trump, claiming that Trump was attempting to divert attention from the Mueller report — ignoring the fact that she instigated the conflict with the president.

“If I had been invited to talk about the president, I would have had more important work to do at home. Really,” Pelosi said.

Besides her recent comments about throwing Trump in jail, Pelosi brought her feud with Trump to a vicious level last month with her “cover-up” accusation. The comment prompted Trump, who until then refrained from giving Pelosi a derogatory nickname out of respect, to label Pelosi “crazy” and share a spliced-up video of Pelosi slurring her speech.


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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.