Pelosi: Trump ‘Went Rogue’ by Tackling Campaign Promises

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) complained Sunday that President Donald Trump “went rogue” during the past week by taking actions that work toward fulfilling his 2016 campaign promises.

Pelosi, during an interview Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” took particular issue with the health care executive order the president signed Thursday, which loosened several Obamacare regulations. The House minority leader also frowned upon the new tax reform plan Trump and the GOP leadership in Congress unveiled earlier in October; the president had pledged during the 2016 campaign to deliver historic tax cuts that would boost the economy even further.

"This week, the week of Friday the 13th, is the week that President Trump went rogue," Pelosi told "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos. "He went rogue on women's health in particular, the Affordable Care Act, the Iran decision that he made, and as he continues his war on the middle class, with his unfair tax plans."

"So, so many things that are not based on evidence, and that's problematic," she added. "It's not based on evidence."

Although Pelosi expressed her disappointment and frustration with the new administration, Trump's actions should not have been surprising.

The president has said that he would be doing everything he could with his executive authority to alleviate the burden Obamacare placed on Americans' shoulders after the GOP-led Senate repeatedly failed to fulfill its end of the bargain and vote for repeal and replace. The Republican Party's tax plan had been on the horizon for months, and the general outline of what the plan would entail was no secret. Trump's Friday decision to deal a crippling blow to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement — a deal he has long maligned — also wasn't out of keeping with his vocal criticism.

The decisions Trump made over the past couple of weeks reflect his commitment to the "America First" and "Make America Great Again" policies he championed on the campaign trail.

When Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi if she would accept Trump's request to "sit and talk" with the Democrats, the House minority leader replied, "I think we're a little far down the road for that."

"Well, I've tried to suggest to him that while we understand our differences, we can find our common ground if we have evidence-based decisions," Pelosi added. "Either the president doesn't know, or he doesn't care. And so [what] we would like him to do is face the facts. As I say, he either doesn't know or doesn't care."

Her comments followed on the heels of the op-ed she penned Saturday for NBC News called "Trump's Policies Are Violent to America and the World."

"What the president is doing, it's violent. His actions are violent," Pelosi wrote. "He does violence to what we want to do in health care. He does violence to the national debt by what he is adding to it. He does violence to the world, in terms of nuclear proliferation and the environment and our standing in the world, with his frivolity."

"What we want him to do is to calm down, get used to the job he has, know that his words weigh a ton, and that he really should know what he's talking about when he says something." she continued.

Last Modified: October 15, 2017, 3:42 pm

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