Did Pelosi Cash In on Her Contentious Trump Meeting?
Likely incoming House speaker apparently turned to fundraising after her attention-getting border wall resistance
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is capitalizing on her explosive meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office the other day — in which she refused to budge on border wall funding — by sending out fundraising emails.
Both Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) met with Trump on Tuesday at the White House to discuss whether or not they could reach a budget agreement before federal funding expires and a government shutdown commences.
Reporters and cameras captured the first 15 minutes of the raucous meeting as Trump passionately demanded full border wall funding.
The Democratic leaders, however, caved to their progressive bases — and adamantly rejected border wall funding.
“If we don’t get what we want one way or the other … I will shut down the government,” Trump warned.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security because the people of this country don’t want criminals with lots of problems and drugs pouring into the country,” he also said.
But thus far, Schumer and Pelosi are not budging.
“They do not have the votes to pass the president’s proposal for the wall. Nothing is going to change in that regard. I don’t know why we don’t just proceed to keep the government open, so people can be home for the holidays,” Pelosi said Thursday during her weekly press conference.
“Does he want to have government closed forever?” Pelosi also said. “I know he doesn’t believe in government, and I know he doesn’t know that much about what’s at risk if he shuts it down. But there is strong bipartisan support to keep government open and the only obstacle is the president of the United States.”
And now Pelosi — who is still trying to wrangle all the Democratic votes necessary to send her back as speaker of the House in January — is using her resistance to Trump, the border wall and border security to fundraise.
“Never in my life have I backed down from a fight,” Pelosi wrote in an email for the Democratic Party, which The Hill obtained.
“Which is why, after President Trump just: threatened to shut down the government over his immoral border wall; tried to blame a shutdown on our Democrats; and continues to mislead the American people, I’m fighting back with a vengeance — and personally triple-matching all Democratic membership renewals until midnight to make sure we stop him and his Republicans’ disastrous shutdown,” Pelosi added.
“I’m fighting back with a vengeance — and personally triple-matching all Democratic membership renewals,” she wrote.
Pelosi also revealed in the email that she received 62,748 membership renewals from Democrats, The Hill reported.
Although Pelosi and Schumer don’t plan on giving Trump a border wall funding victory, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said Thursday night during an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that Trump “is fighting for American citizens” and that “we are going to win” that fight.
Check out the contentious Oval Office meeting in the video below: