Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway said that Nancy Pelosi refused to talk to her following a tense meeting at the White House, Thursday, telling Fox News Thursday morning that the Speaker treats her like her “maid, driver, pilot or makeup artist.”
“She said … ‘I talk to the president, I don’t talk to staff,’” Conway recalled. “You know, let’s face it, she’s the sixth-most-rich member of Congress. She treats everybody like they’re her staff.”
Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer had come to the White House to discuss their infrastructure proposal, but Trump cut the meeting short after Pelosi told reporters earlier Wednesday morning that Democrats believe the president “is engaged in a cover-up.”
The counselor to the President emphasized that Trump left the meeting “very calmly” and “never raised his voice a single time, was very polite.” The media have widely reported that the president was enraged and had thrown a tantrum.
She said the president told the Democrats, “you can’t have two tracks. You can’t say that I’m engaged in a cover-up. You can’t want to impeach and investigate and then pretend you want to legislate. Get back to me when you’re done playing these games and I’ll be ready.”
Conway told Fox News that Pelosi then launched into an “odd, self-curated” history of infrastructure in America involving Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt. When Pelosi was finished, Conway said she respectfully asked the Speaker if she’d like to “address some of the specifics the president talked about.”
That’s when Pelosi reportedly got snippy and said she only talks to the president, not staff.
“She treats me like I’m her maid, or her pilot, or her make-up artist, and I’m not,” Conway told Fox News. “I said to her, ‘how very pro-woman of you.'”
She added this type of behavior was typical of Pelosi, “because she’s not very pro-woman. She’s pro-some women, a few women.”
Asked about the encounter later Thursday morning, Pelosi told reporters: “I’m not going to talk about her. I responded as the speaker of the House to the [president]. Other conversations people want to have among themselves is up to them,” she said.
Conway told Fox News that an earlier meeting at the White House on the infrastructure proposal had been very positive and productive, and Pelosi had at the time brushed off reporters’ inquiries about investigations and impeachment. The Speaker told reporters that they had come to talk about infrastructure, not impeachment.
“Why take the spirit and and content of her own words after that hour and a half infrastructure meeting on April 30th, and ruin it all yesterday by proceeding with that nonsense?” Conway asked.
After the meeting with Pelosi and Schumer blew up, Trump held an impromptu press conference in the White House Rose Garden, decrying the Democrats’ endless investigations.
“You can’t do it under these circumstances,” Trump said. “Get these phony investigations over with.”
The president told reporters that he had every intention of negotiating on infrastructure with the two Democratic leaders but “instead of walking happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up.”
He added: “I don’t do cover-ups.”
Later in the day, Pelosi accused the president of committing an “impeachable offense.”
“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up,” Pelosi said. “And that could be an impeachable offense.”