It is rather hard to remember a time when the president of the United States did not have direct communications with the House Speaker. That is, however, what we are seeing today.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continued defending her choice to quit speaking with President Donald Trump directly on Monday, saying, “I don’t find it a good use of time.”
It is tough to remember a time when Pelosi and Trump were in the same room and it did not end in a complete disaster.
From day one, Pelosi has had contempt for Trump and the president has reflected the same attitude. The fact that Trump never pulls any punches does not sit well with Pelosi and Trump always manages to get under her skin.
The last time two of them had a serious face-to-face was in October 2019, just short of a full year ago, according to a report by The Hill.
The last time the two of them were in the same room was a couple of days after Trump’s State of the Union address at the National Prayer Breakfast. If you recall, Pelosi shredded her copy of Trump’s State of the Union speech on national TV, and they have not spoken directly for any length of time since.
Waste of time
Pelosi says that she doesn’t speak to Trump directly because she finds it more productive to speak to Trump’s representatives, such as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
She openly accused Trump of being misleading, telling MSNBC’s Craig Melvin on Monday: “Quite frankly, my experience with the president has been that it hasn’t been on the level. You know, he’ll say something and then it doesn’t really happen. So in the interest of time, we’ll work with who he sends over.”
For his part, Trump believes Democrat leadership is full of it, looking to make headlines instead of deals.
“I know Pelosi, I know Schumer very well,” the president said last week. “They don’t want to make a deal because they think it’s good for politics if they don’t make a deal. I’m taking the high road by not seeing them. That’s the high road.”
The ironic thing in this complete debacle is that Pelosi always accuses Trump of using childish rhetoric, then, in the very next breath, she will take a cheap shot at Trump.
If Trump is re-elected, this relationship will probably only get more contentious, which makes it even more urgent for conservatives to vote Democrats out of power in the House and get this government working for We the People again.