NANCY Pelosi has admitted she has not spoken “person-to-person” with President Donald Trump in more than a year amid negotiations for a second round of stimulus checks.
The House Speaker confirmed in an interview with MSNBC host Nicole Wallace on Friday that she has not directly spoken with Trump since she was pictured storming out of a sit-down meeting in the White House last October 16.
Wallace asked Pelosi if she would be open to speaking with Trump if he “ever tried to open that channel of conversation.”
Pelosi responded: “Well it would depend on the what the purpose is.”
The top Democrat then suggested that negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and other White House “intermediaries” to provide coronavirus stimulus checks have been more effective than if she had spoken directly with the president.
“Let me say, without the two of us speaking person-to-person, but, either through the airwaves or through the President’s intermediaries, we were able, in that period of time, to pass a huge omnibus bill to keep government open, working with Secretary Mnuchin then,” she said.
Pelosi then tried to prove that she has cooperated with the White House by pointing out a free trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada that passed Congress — and four bipartisan bills related to the addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
“So it isn’t as if it has to be person-to-person between the Speaker and the President,” Pelosi said.
On Thursday, Trump said he is “ready to sign” a fourth coronavirus stimulus package that Senate Republicans will support if he can strike a deal with Pelosi, Fox News reported.
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Trump said: “You know who I am negotiating against? Nancy Pelosi. She doesn’t want to give the money. This is not our people’s fault. This is China’s fault.”
In the MSNBC interview, Pelosi also addressed the infamous photo, claiming she left her last meeting with Trump because “there was no purpose in staying there.”
“I actually wasn’t pointing a finger. I was gesturing, ‘With you, Mr. President, all roads lead to Putin’,” Pelosi said.
She added: “We left because there was no purpose to staying there. There was no truth coming from the other side.”