Donald Trump offered rare praise for Nancy Pelosi Tuesday morning in claiming her interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe ‘wasn’t bad.’
‘I watched a portion of low rated (very) Morning Psycho (Joe) this Morning in order to see what Nancy Pelosi had to say, & what moves she was planning to further hurt our Country,’ Trump tweeted Tuesday.
‘Actually, other than her usual complaining that I’m a terrible person, she wasn’t bad. Still praying!’ he continued, in hitting at the House Speaker’s frequent claim that she prays for the president.
Trump’s comments came after Pelosi’s interview with the Morning Joe panel Tuesday morning, where she said she would be open to talking with the president after the two have gone months without speaking to each other – but added she didn’t know what benefits would come from them talking.
‘People say, oh, you haven’t spoken to him since October – no. We were there for the State of the Union Address. You remember that,’ she asserted.
‘But, again, if it’s necessary, I’m sure we will speak,’ Pelosi said, adding that negotiations between White House officials and a bipartisan group of lawmakers was adequate.
Donald Trump said Tuesday morning that he watched Nancy Pelosi’s interview on MSNBC, and offered rare praise, claiming ‘she wasn’t bad’
During her MSNBC appearance, Pelosi said she was open to talking with the president again, even though the two have not been on speaking terms since October
‘If it’s necessary, I’m sure we will speak,’ Pelosi told the Morning Joe Panel on Tuesday. ‘I don’t know what I would learn in a conversation with the president’
Trump signed into law the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package on Friday, just before the death toll spiked in the U.S., and by Tuesday surpassed 3,000
‘I don’t know what I would learn in a conversation with the president,’ the California Democrat continued.
Pelosi claimed during her interview that as speaker she has only even spoken to the president on an ‘as-need basis.’
‘It’s an historic occasion when the speaker and the president speak. It’s history,’ Pelosi said.
‘So we have – he tasked his people to negotiate with us on the legislation and we respect that. I did that with President Bush as well. He would say, this person speaks for me. This cabinet officer, whatever,’ she continued.
Pelosi and Trump have not spoken since October, when tensions between the president as House Speaker reached a peak during a meeting at the White House.
Questions over whether the duo will begin speaking again comes as the White House and Congress have engaged in negotiations over economic stimulus packages to relieve Americans and businesses in an attempt to stabilize the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been leading the White House’s efforts to work with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to reach a deal over bills Trump would sign.
On Friday the president signed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill shortly after Pelosi was able to get it passed in the House.
Pelosi now says she is working on a fourth phase bill, which might include measures that Republicans say they are not keen on – like a rollback on income taxes included in the GOP’s 2017 tax cuts.
Republicans also say they don’t want to move onto another big economic relief bill before the phase three package is fully in effect.