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Trump Casts Himself as Pelosi’s Speaker Savior

Roll Call logo Roll Call 11/17/2018 By John T. Bennett
Nancy Pelosi posing for the camera: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she has ample support among Democrats to become the next speaker. © Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she has ample support among Democrats to become the next speaker.

President Donald Trump on Saturday said he can twist enough House Republican arms to give Nancy Pelosi the necessary votes to become speaker.

The California Democrat publicly says she has ample support within her own caucus to secure the gavel. But all indications are a floor vote could be close, meaning Republicans could opt — for a list of reasons — to put her over the top.

For Trump, making Pelosi speaker would give him the sense that she owes him legislatively and also ensure that his top campaign-trail foil, who remains intensely unpopular with Republican voters, remains in the headlines through his re-election bid.

“I can get Nancy Pelosi as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the House,” he tweeted Saturday morning ahead of a trip to California to visit with people affected by wildfires.

He again wrote that Pelosi “deserves this victory, she has earned it — but there are those in her party who are trying to take it away.”

Ultimately, Trump predicted Pelosi “will win!”

Pelosi said Thursday she intends to win the speakership with Democratic votes and would not accept help from Republicans.

“Oh please, no,” she said. “Never. Never. Never.”

Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report. 

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