House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: 'Don't mess with me'




  • In World
  • 2019-12-05 16:30:17Z
  • By Associated Press
House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: \
House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: \'Don\'t mess with me\'  

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promptly set a reporter, and by inference, all of Washington, straight: "Don't mess with me."

Pelosi's bristling response Thursday to a question about whether she "hates" President Donald Trump came two hours after she announced articles of impeachment against him.

The House speaker insisted she brought impeachment proceedings because Trump's conduct and the Constitution left the House no choice.

But as the famously poised California Democrat began exiting her weekly press conference, a reporter asked, "Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?"

Pelosi stopped, jabbed a finger and fired back: "I don't hate anybody." She broke with her usual habit, returned to the podium and finished with a stark warning.

"Don't mess with me when it comes to words like that," she said, and walked out.

Moments later, Trump and House Republicans lashed out in heated personal tones.

Trump tweeted that Pelosi "just had a nervous fit." House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted "Pelosi and the Democrats are clearly are blinded by their hate for the President."

Pelosi has generally dominated confrontations with Trump all year in her second turn as House speaker, second in line to the presidency.

In January, she forced Trump to re-open the government without the border wall he was demanding. She launched only the fourth presidential impeachment proceedings in history over Trump's political pressure campaign on Ukraine. And Trump knows her finger-pointing well, most recently during a White House meeting in which she stood, pointed at him and said, "all roads lead to Putin," Russia's president - and walked out.

Now, she's leading an impeachment inquiry that's roiled Capitol Hill and the sharply divided nation.

The president's actions have seriously violated the Constitution," "Pelosi said earlier from the speaker's office at the Capitol. "He is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections ."

"Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment," Pelosi said.

Just back from leading a congressional trip to Spain on climate change, Pelosi, her voice hoarse, halted on her way out of the later press conference when the reporter posed the question about hate.

'I don't hate anybody," she said, before going on to call the president a "coward" on gun policy, "cruel" on immigration and "in denial" about climate change.

"This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president's violation of the oath of office. And as a Catholic I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me.''

Pelosi said she prays for Trump. She frequently invokes her Catholicism as a guide in her decisions for everything from legislation to life generally. She has been criticized by some Catholics for her support for keeping abortion legal.

Within moments, the president was back on Twitter. "She says she 'prays for the President.' I don't believe her, not even close."

McCarthy said, "The speaker is more concerned about tearing the president down than building the country up.''

___

Follow Kellman on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/APLaurieKellman

COMMENTS

More Related News

EPA expected to undo methane leak rule for oil, gas industry
EPA expected to undo methane leak rule for oil, gas industry

President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania. The precise details of the final rule remain under wraps after the EPA first proposed the rollback last year.

China
China's Tencent downplays Trump's WeChat app ban

The ban on Tencent's messaging app could end up being be more damaging to iPhone maker Apple.

Radical or moderate? Trump paints Democratic ticket as both
Radical or moderate? Trump paints Democratic ticket as both
  • World
  • 2020-08-13 04:27:18Z

President Donald Trump's campaign is struggling to define California Sen. Kamala Harris, the newly announced running mate for Democratic rival Joe Biden. With Trump lagging in the polls less than 90 days before the election, his team faces a pivotal choice.

Biden, Harris lash Trump at debut of historic VP choice
Biden, Harris lash Trump at debut of historic VP choice
  • World
  • 2020-08-13 04:25:41Z

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pushed past their one-time political rivalry to deliver an aggressive attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump in their historic first appearance as running mates. The physical debut of the Democratic ticket on Wednesday was without parallel in recent political annals. The coronavirus prevented Biden and Harris from appearing before the large, adoring crowd that typically greets a presidential nominee and his or her running mate.

POWER PLAYERS: The 16 key healthcare experts advising Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
POWER PLAYERS: The 16 key healthcare experts advising Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Should former Vice President Joe Biden with the White House, these experts would shape how the US emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World