Trump plays chess … says he’ll help Pelosi get elected speaker, opponents are ‘wasting their time’

President Donald Trump thinks Nancy Pelosi’s opponents are wasting their time and says he will gladly help her get elected as Speaker of the House.

“I would help Nancy Pelosi if she needs the votes,” the president told reporters outside the White House before he left for California on Saturday. “She may need some votes.”

“I will perform wonderful service for her,” he added, explaining he would get her Republican votes if she needed them.

“I like her, can you believe it?” Trump told reporters outside the White House before departing for California. “She’s tough and she’s smart, but she deserves to be speaker.”

Trump echoed an earlier tweet in which he said he could get Pelosi “as many votes as she wants” to be speaker.

Pelosi, who last held the gavel when Democrats controlled the House in 2007 – 2011,  is “confident” she will be speaker. But a group of at least 17 House Democrats have signed statement declaring they won’t support her and Democrat Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio is considering mounting a challenge.

Trump told reporters the California Democrat and the first female Speaker in U.S. history, is facing “harassment” just as he is regularly harassed as president.

“I don’t imagine she’d need too many but whatever number of votes she needs, if it’s 50, or 10, or two or one, she’s got them from me — automatic,” he said. “So tell her opposition they’re wasting their time.”

Pelosi needs a majority of the Democratic caucus and then a majority of the House to get her old job back.

Questions arose as to whether Trump’s offer was one of bipartisan cooperation or if there was an ulterior political motive.

Having Pelosi as speaker would be “the best thing in the world for Republicans,” GOP strategist Chris Wilson said on “Fox and Friends” on Friday.

“She reminds the American people why they don’t like politics. She reminds them why they don’t like Democrats, quite frankly,” he said.

Meanwhile, the 78-year-old Democrat is pretty clear she does not need the help.

“Oh please, never,” she said, according to Fox News. “Never, never, come on.”

“I intend to win the speakership with Democratic votes,” she said, adding that she had “overwhelming support.”

Twitter users weighed in on the president’s motives for supporting Pelosi.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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