Trump to snub Pelosi as Democrats approach House takeover

Trump to snub Pelosi as Democrats approach House takeover

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at her weekly press conference explaining why Conor Lamb's victory is not a threat to her leadership of the Democratic House even as Lamb pledged not to support Pelosi. (©2018 Douglas Christian/TMN)
“This rash decision isolates America, not Iran, "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday in response to President Donald Trump's announcement.(©2018 Douglas Christian/file photo)

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is unlikely to reach out to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Tuesday evening, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, even as the prospects of Democrats taking over the lower chamber grow.

“I’m not sure why you would call Nancy Pelosi considering a lot of members of her own party have said they wouldn’t support her,” Sanders told reporters from outside the West Wing. “I think if Democrats win tonight, I think we need to wait and see who their Speaker is.”

The grounds for the potential snub is a reference to a handful of Democrats preemptively opposing Pelosi taking the gavel for a third term as Speaker in hopes of shaking up party leadership.

Pelosi has maintained that she wants to serve as Speaker again, but has also flirted with talk of a possible transition among the Democratic ranks.

A timeline for any change, however, is uncertain.

While Sanders suggested Trump could blow off Pelosi in the wake of the midterms, she noted that the president is willing to work with whatever party ultimately ends up in power.

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