On Thursday, White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asserting that Pelosi treated Conway as if she were the hired help.
Conway told Fox News, “Let’s face it; she’s the sixth most rich member of Congress. She treats everybody like they’re a member of her staff. She treats me like I’m either her maid or her driver or her pilot or her makeup artist.” She added calmly, “And I’m not. I said to her, ‘How very pro-woman of you,’ per usual, because she’s not very pro-woman, she’s pro some women, a few women.”
The exchange between the two women followed an infrastructure meeting in the Rose Garden on Wednesday that prompted Pelosi to claim Trump had acted badly in response to Pelosi claiming shortly before the meeting that Trump was engaged in a cover-up.
Conway was asked, “What happened in the White House yesterday? You were there and actually had an exchange of words with the Speaker yourself.”
Conway countered the media narrative about the meeting:
I did. And all these ridiculous stories, “The president was in a rage,” “He’s fuming,” “He stormed out,” “Temper tantrum,” there was none of that. He actually never raised his voice. He came in, sat at the end of the table in the Cabinet room outside the Oval, and said, “Look folks, I want to do infrastructure; I want to do great things for this country. We’ve been doing great things for this country. But within this last hour you had a meeting and came out and said I’m engaged in a cover-up; that’s not true.”
But he took the case directly to Nancy Pelosi because she was the one who came to the mics and said that the president was engaged in a cover-up, which is nonsense. All she had to do was either move her meeting to later in the afternoon with her caucus where she’s under enormous pressure to get on with impeaching the president, which she has said she doesn’t want to do right now. Or she could have said, “I’m not going to talk to you right now; we’re on our way to the White House to work on infrastructure. Let’s meet again at 2 or 3 o’clock and I’ll give you the run-down of the whole day.
Conway then took a direct shot at Democrats for their characterization of the meeting:
But no; they can’t resist going out and giving a live running commentary of what her more outrageous liberal hell-bent-on-getting-this-president-out-of-the-White-House members are pressuring her to do. So the president said, “Let’s work on infrastructure,” and then he left very calmly, I want to emphasize that, because he never raised his voice a single time; he’s very polite, and said, “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. So get back to me when you’re done playing these games and I’ll be ready.”
Conway then segued to Pelosi:
Then Speaker Pelosi, nobody’s reported this yet, so I’ll give you some color. Speaker Pelosi went on and launched into some odd, self-curated history of infrastructure in our country. She talked about Thomas Jefferson, then she got to Teddy Roosevelt. And so when she was finished, I said respectfully, “Madame Speaker, would you like to address some of the specifics that the president talked about?” And she said, “ I don’t — I talk to the president. I don’t talk to staff.” Because let’s face it; she’s the sixth most rich member of Congress. She treats everybody like they’re a member of her staff. She treats me like I’m either her maid or her driver or her pilot or her makeup artist.
And I’m not. I said to her, “How very pro-woman of you,” per usual, because she’s not very pro-woman, she’s pro some women. A few women.