President Trump and Speaker Pelosi reach an adversarial ‘anniversary’ indicative of the times

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The likelihood of President Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi getting together for Thanksgiving dinner is less than zero.

Today marks an unhappy anniversary of sorts as the U.S. House Speaker remains on non-speaking terms with the president, and they have reportedly not engaged in dialogue for a full year since an October 16, 2019, sit-down at the White House, The Hill reported.

As an example of the ongoing radio silence between the duo, Trump and the far-left San Francisco Democrat are currently at loggerheads over the amount of spending and the priorities therein for a potential new COVID relief package.

With Pelosi blocking the possibility of a bipartisan compromise based on what the president considers election-year politics, Trump this week accused her of having mental problems, an allegation that he has articulated before. He also implied it’s a waste of time to try to talk to her about making a deal.

To placate her far-left caucus, recall that Pelosi impeached Trump, spewed accusations about the president’s mental fitness for office, and also described him, among other terms of endearment, as morbidly obese.

BizPacReview readers are well aware that Trump and Pelosi have repeatedly clashed, aggressively or passive-aggressively, over legislative priorities. In a move that common sense suggests was pre-planned by her handlers for the cameras, for example, Pelosi ripped up a copy of President Trump’s speech immediately after his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The duo reportedly have not been in the same room since the National Prayer Breakfast in February.

According to The Hill, “Almost every occasion where Pelosi and Trump have crossed paths since Democrats won the House majority in 2018 has shown how much they can’t stand each other, let alone attempt to strike any legislative deals together like other past presidents and Speakers of opposing parties.”

“Pelosi has been able to score some bipartisan deals with the Trump administration, like previous coronavirus relief measures, a budget agreement, funding the government and a new trade pact with Mexico and Canada, even while House Democrats were moving to impeach the president last year. But those agreements were primarily brokered between Pelosi and [Treasury Secretary Steve] Mnuchin, not Trump.”

Trump has alternatively nicknamed Pelosi “Crazy Nancy” or “Nervous Nancy.” The Speaker perhaps seemed to epitomize that nickname when she had a meltdown on CNN this week after the usually docile liberal anchor Wolf Blitzer merely asked her about the logic of holding up coronavirus aid.

The Hill waxed nostalgic about the way things used to be in the D.C. Swamp. “It’s not unusual for presidents and congressional leaders of different parties to clash publicly or delegate aides and Cabinet officials to hammer out specific details of the legislation. But they typically have been at least on speaking terms and at times even had warm personal relationships behind the scenes.”

Those days, at least for now, seem to be over as witnessed by the progressive outrage over a quick and bipartisan hug between Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein.

Time will tell if Pelosi retains her Speakership after Election Day.


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