President Trump will not be attending the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on Capitol Hill, citing ongoing tensions between him and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to ABC News.
Judd Deere, a spokesman for the President, said that the decision was made not to attend due to Pelosi’s decision “to tear this nation apart with her actions and her rhetoric,” as she is likely to take advantage of the luncheon to “drive discord and disunity.” A Pelosi spokeswoman responded by falsely claiming that it was the White House that was engaging in “petty, partisan politics.”
President Trump will instead celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, at a separate ceremony at the White House on Thursday.
The decision stems from Pelosi’s decision to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump, which falsely claimed that the President sought foreign interference in the 2020 elections from Ukraine. The impeachment inquiry and subsequent trial was rushed and conducted largely without any evidence, and was widely criticized as a partisan witch hunt rather than a legitimate inquiry. President Trump was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Senate.
More recently, Pelosi threw a tantrum during the President’s most recent State of the Union address, tearing up her copy of the President’s speech as he finished, while she was standing right behind him. She also recently took advantage of their attendance at the most recent National Prayer Breakfast, a normally bipartisan event, to attack President Trump.