President Donald Trump made a bold prediction on Saturday morning. He said that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, leader of the House Democrats, would once again be elected as Speaker of the House. According to Trump, Pelosi “deserves” the position of Speaker.
The president tweeted:
“I can get Nancy Pelosi as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the House. She deserves this victory, she has earned it – but there are those in her party who are trying to take it away. She will win!”
I can get Nancy Pelosi as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the House. She deserves this victory, she has earned it – but there are those in her party who are trying to take it away. She will win! @TomReedCongress
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2018
Trump’s tweet came as Pelosi continues working to solidify the support she needs to take the Speaker’s position after Democrats take control of the House of Representatives next year.
Trump has known Rep. Pelosi for many years and knows that she is not likely to lose her position as Democratic leader because she is too competent and plays the Washington inside game better than anyone.
Still, Pelosi is facing a potential challenge from Rep. Marcia Fudge from Ohio, who previously chaired the Congressional Black Caucus. Fudge and other Pelosi critics are arguing that voters sent a message in the midterm elections that they want change in Washington. They believe that message of change includes changing the Democratic Party’s leadership team in the House.
Fudge and Pelosi had a meeting on Friday in the Capitol Building and, according to reports, had a “candid” discussion. The prominent Ohio Democrat said later that she would wait until after Thanksgiving to decide on whether she would challenge Pelosi or not.
Over the past few days Rep. Pelosi’s many supporters have launched a major lobbying campaign of their own. Their goal is to stifle the insurgency against Pelosi. They want to make sure she will be sent back to the Speaker’s office in January.
In 2007 Rep. Pelos became the first female Speaker in U.S. history, a position she held until 2011.
Over 60 existing and incoming Democratic women House members rallied behind Pelosi by signing on to a letter pledging to support her. They said they would support her both in a private ballot within the Democratic caucus later this month and also in a vote on the House floor in January.
Yesterday it was announced the Pelosi had cut a deal with the House Progressive Caucus in exchange for their support also. She promised them that they would have plum committee assignments as well as leadership positions in the new House. This got Pelosi the support of such progressive groups as MoveOn and Indivisible.
“We strongly support and call on all members of the Democratic caucus to support
@NancyPelosi for Speaker. Were it not for her skilled and effective leadership, the ACA would not be law today. Dems must reject attempts to defeat her and move caucus to the right.”
We strongly support and call on all members of the Democratic caucus to support @NancyPelosi for Speaker. Were it not for her skilled and effective leadership, the ACA would not be law today. Dems must reject attempts to defeat her and move caucus to the right.
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) November 15, 2018
Trump and Pelosi have worked together over the past two years along with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York. They have worked together on deals to fund the government, so there is precedent for the possibility of bi-partisan cooperation in order to achieve joint goals. An example of this might be an infrastructure funding bill that both parties want.
The president’s comments Saturday were similar to a tweet he sent last week in which he also said that Pelosi “deserves” to be elected Speaker.
“If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!” Trump tweeted on November 7.
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