On Friday, a year had passed since House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to President Donald Trump.
While it is unprecedented for a spokesman not to speak to the president for so long, Pelosi defended that move while speaking to reporters that day.
Pelosi defends not speaking to Trump for a year
When asked by MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace if she would be open to talking to Trump if he reached her, Pelosi replied, "It would depend on what the purpose is."
Pelosi and Trump last spoke to each other at the White House on October 16, 2019, when they met to discuss the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, according to The Hill. That meeting quickly went off the rails, and the two exchanged insults before Pelosi stormed off with her fellow Democrats.
Afterward, Trump tweeted a photo of Pelosi pointing at him and other members of his administration and captioned it, "Nervous Nancy's Breakdown!" Pelosi said at the time that she had told Trump that "all roads lead with you to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin".
"What was funny about it is that the White House posted this photo because we are not even allowed to wear a smartwatch in the room," Pelosi said on Friday. "You brought this out and I said," Thank you very much, Mr. President. "
"But we left because there was no point in staying there," she added. "There was no truth from the other side."
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Pelosi went on to say that even though she doesn't speak to Trump, she still works with White House officials, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
"So it's not like there has to be person to person between the speaker and the president," she said. "It has to be knowledge for knowledge, what our goal is, what we know about the challenge we are facing and what the possible solutions are."
Pelosi added that she and the White House still disagree on earned income and child tax credits, as outlined in the Democrats' coronavirus relief proposal. She said Mnuchin has not yet sent her his proposed changes to a testing strategy and that she expects to speak to him again on Sunday.
"So we're still going to wait and see what changes because, as you know, the devil and the angels are in the details," said Pelosi.
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This piece was written by James Samson on October 17th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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