Newly minted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D. CA) is taking every opportunity she can to flex her muscle to President Donald Trump and his administration.
The latest such instance is that Pelosi only sent some aides to a budget negotiation meeting led by Vice President Mike Pence and attended by senior White House officials like Mick Mulvaney and Jared Kushner.
According to New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, Trump is going to have to learn to deal with Pelosi in different ways:
“He [Trump] has told himself he’ll be able to work with her,” Haberman explained. “The White Housee has tried, without success, over the last several weeks to divide Nancy Pelosi from [Democratic Sen. Chuck] Schumer and drive a wedge between the two. It’s underestimating the degree to which they are close and overestimating the degree to which Chuck Schumer wants to have comity with the president.”
On a CNN panel, Politico’s Eliana Johnson pointed out something she took away from the meeting the:
“I’d add one point to that dynamic played out yesterday when Trump, his delegation that he sent to negotiate over the shutdown was the vice president of the United States and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner,” she observed. “Nancy Pelosi sent two aides and a former administration official said this is a case study of the new dynamic where she basically gave him the middle finger.”
“I’m not sure the president picked up on that,” she added to laughter from the panel as another CNN contributor quipped off-camera, “He will today.”