House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) will meet Friday after the freshman congresswoman reached out presumably to smooth out some tensions lingering from a few weeks ago.
According to USA Today, Pelosi has tried to both downplay and express positivity about the meeting.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Pelosi said. “I have a steady stream of members coming through my office and I’ll look forward to her visit as well.”
Ocasio-Cortez struck a similar tone, saying that “It’s nothing too climactic — just trying to make sure we have an open line of communication and get on the same page.”
A few weeks ago, the two exchanged jabs through the press after Ocasio-Cortez — and the other members of the squad — publicly broke with House leadership on border legislation.
The caucus has become more unified since then, coalescing around the four congresswomen — especially Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) — after President Donald Trump launched racist attacks against them. Pelosi called them “our sisters” while urging her members to rally behind the squad.
Pelosi tweeted out a picture of the two after the meeting:
Today, Congresswoman @RepAOC and I sat down to discuss working together to meet the needs of our districts and our country, fairness in our economy and diversity in our country. pic.twitter.com/eVp1LS0Gpw
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 26, 2019