US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she’s “done” with talking about President Donald Trump and called him the “diverter in chief,” saying he manufactured controversies to distract attention from more important issues.
“I’m done with him. I don’t even want to talk about him,” Pelosi, a Democrat, said at a Washington conference in reply to a question about Trump’s latest barrage of personal insults.
Last week Trump called Pelosi, the most powerful US Democrat, “a disgrace ... a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”
At a US war cemetery in France, with the gravestones of fallen soldiers in the background, Trump said in a Fox News interview, “I call her Nervous Nancy ... Nancy Pelosi’s a disaster, okay. She’s a disaster.”
Asked at the conference how she works with Republican Trump when he throws such insults her way, Pelosi said: “I just consider the source. My stock goes up every time he attacks me, so what can I say, but let’s not spend too much time on that because that’s his victory, the diverter-in-chief, the diverter-of-attention-in-chief.”
For part of Trump’s presidency, he generally refrained from trash-talking Pelosi as he does many others, but that ended in recent weeks as Democrats intensified their investigations of the president and discussed possibly impeaching him.
Pelosi declined to confirm recent media reports that she had told fellow Democrats that Trump should be in prison, rather than impeached, because of his behavior as outlined in US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s efforts to impede that probe.
Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats on Tuesday rammed through a resolution that makes it easier to take legal recourse against Donald Trump’s administration, intensifying their standoff with the president over subpoenas related to the Russia interference probe, reported AFP.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives voted along party lines to adopt what they are calling a “civil enforcement resolution.”
It would allow them to bypass full House votes and more directly pursue cases in the courts, where the party has scored some victories against Trump.