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Pelosi declines to discuss Trump during D-Day ceremony

The Hill logo The Hill 6/6/2019 Tal Axelrod
Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters looking at the camera: Pelosi declines to discuss Trump during D-Day ceremony © Aaron Schwartz Pelosi declines to discuss Trump during D-Day ceremony

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday declined to criticize President Trump while in Europe for the anniversary of D-Day, the same day Trump criticized her during an interview and labeled her "Nervous Nancy."

"I don't talk about the president while I'm out of the country. That's my principle," she told reporters when asked about Trump's new tariff policy.

Her remark came shortly after Trump discussed her during an exclusive interview with Fox News on Thursday, in which he called her "Nervous Nancy" over House Democrats' efforts to get special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.

"Nancy Pelosi, I call her Nervous Nancy, Nancy Pelosi doesn't talk about it," Trump said. "Nancy Pelosi is a disaster, OK? She's a disaster. Let her do what she wants, you know what? I think they're in big trouble."

The comments come as House Democrats and the White House continue their feud over a slate of oversight probes into the administration. Trump has directed several former and current officials to defy subpoenas from a slew of committees for documents and testimony, enraging committee chairs and ramping up calls for impeachment among rank-and-file members.

Democrats are also clamoring for testimony from Mueller regarding his investigation into Russian election interference in 2016 and hope to question him over whether he believes Trump obstructed investigations into the interference.

The special counsel wrote in his report that he could not make a prosecutorial decision over obstruction of justice, citing existing Justice Department guidelines that prevent the indictment of a sitting president, though maintained last week that he could not exonerate Trump.

"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," the special counsel said at a press conference.

However, he added that he has no intention of testifying before Congress.

"I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter," he said. "The report is my testimony."

Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment over the new nickname.


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