President Donald Trump invoked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) name 12 times in a 15-minute pool spray Tuesday, calling out “Nancy” again and again as the two of them, plus Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), sparred on border security.
Pelosi was mostly trying to shut down the debate until the press vacated the room, while Trump seemed to enjoy the attention, calling it “transparency.”
She did snap back when Trump made an allusion to the upcoming vote for her to gain the speakership, for which she has been whipping votes vigorously.
“Mr. President, please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as a leader of the House Democrats who just won a big victory,” she quipped.
Nancy and Chuck now tag-teaming Trump, notes his party got clobbered. pic.twitter.com/2ksLMWPbto
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 11, 2018
Schumer also chimed in to land political jabs, while Vice President Mike Pence sat silently in the corner.
Pelosi and Trump have a complex relationship, with some measure of respect on both sides, despite the deep partisan divide.