Pelosi Calls AOC ‘Gracious,’ Compares Disagreements To ‘Family Differences’

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks out of her office after a meeting with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), on Capitol Hill July 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
July 26, 2019 11:37 a.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke briefly about her morning meeting with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Friday, calling the freshman congresswoman “gracious” and comparing their disagreements to “differences” within a “family.”

“We had a good meeting,” Pelosi said. “And the congresswoman is a very gracious member of Congress, so we had a very positive conversation about our districts and how we represent our country and how we need to meet the needs, the diversity of America and the challenges we face in terms of issues and how immigration and people are respected.”

“It’s just like you’re in a family,” she continued. “In a family you have your differences, but you’re still family.”

She also said that she has “confidence” and “joy” in the diversity of her caucus, but emphasized her role as a “unifier” no matter her personal progressiveness.

Ocasio-Cortez reached out for a meeting a couple weeks ago to — as Pelosi put it — “clear the air” after a dust-up over border legislation.

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