There were fireworks in Washington on Wednesday after President Donald Trump abruptly ordered the end of a meeting with Democrat leaders on infrastructure just minutes after it began, citing accusations from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that the president engaged in a “cover-up” scheme.
In the moments following Trump’s shocking exit, White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway found herself in the midst of what has been called a snarky back-and-forth with the House Speaker, who was clearly furious that the meeting didn’t go the way she’d hoped.
The Washington Examiner reported that after Trump’s spontaneous exit, Pelosi outwardly accused the president of “looking for a way out” of the meeting and said that she expected his abrupt departure.
Conway then reportedly asked Pelosi if she wanted to issue a response to the president, but Pelosi reportedly dismissed her, replying that she would only speak to the president himself — not mere members of his staff.
“Really great,” Conway reported sniped back. “That’s really pro-woman of you.”
Not backing down
The squabble spilled over into Thursday as Conway addressed the matter during an interview on Fox News in which the White House aide insinuated that Pelosi is a rich elitist who looks down on everyone.
“She treats everybody like they’re her staff,” Conway said of Pelosi. “She treats me like I’m either her maid or her driver or her pilot or her makeup artist and I’m not.”
Conway added: “And I said to her, ‘How very pro-woman of you’… She’s not very pro-woman.”
Proving her point
Pelosi was also asked about her tiff with Conway on Thursday — but the House speaker wasn’t as forthcoming with her response.
“I’m not going to talk about her,” Pelosi said. “I respond as the Speaker of the House to the president of the United States.”
Pelosi went on to say that “other conversations people want to have among themselves is up to them,” essentially proving Conway’s point that the speaker is an elitist who is dismissive of those she views as beneath her.
Pelosi can be as furious and snarky as she wants about Trump’s abrupt cancellation of the White House meeting, but in truth, what was she really expecting to happen after she spent the morning talking about impeachment and accusing the president of being engaged in a cover-up?