President Donald Trump addressed the feud between Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi and freshman congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, poking at the wound their issues have made for Democrats while speaking to reporters at the White House.
“I think Cortez, who kept Amazon out of New York and they don’t like her for that, thousands and thousands of jobs, I think Cortez is being very disrespectful to somebody that’s been there a long time,” Trump said, referring to Pelosi, according to The New York Post.
The president made his comments just before his trip to Wisconsin, where he praised the longtime California Democrat, something he hasn’t done in recent months, especially with her support for his impeachment.
“I deal with Nancy Pelosi a lot and we go back and forth and it’s fine, but I think that a group of people is being very disrespectful to her. And you know what? I don’t think that Nancy can let that go on,” he said before criticizing AOC and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
“A group of people that came — I don’t know where they came from. I’m looking at this Omar from Minnesota, and if one-half of the things they’re saying about her are true, she shouldn’t even be in office, she should not be doing what she’s doing,” Trump said.
Trump then addressed Ocasio-Cortez directly, saying that it was “a disgrace” for the up and coming congresswoman to call her party leader a racist, as Ocasio-Cortez previously eluded to.
“I’ll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do. She is not a racist, okay? She is not a racist. For them to call her a racist is a disgrace,” he said.
Trump also commented on the New York Democrat’s assertion that women detained at the southern border are being treated unacceptably.
“To have Ocasio-Cortez say they’re drinking out of toilets, she made that up. That’s a phony story. She made it up,” Trump said, adding that he would visit a center himself but wasn’t sure when because of campaign commitments.
“We’re taking a tour. I would love to be there [soon], but we’re going to Ohio, Wisconsin. I’ll be going,” he said according to the Post before adding commenting further on Border Patrol treatment of detainees.
“I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it, and these centers are — I mean, and these people, I’ll tell you what, I’ve been with ICE and I’ve been with Border Patrol a lot. They love those people coming across the border. They love them, and I’ve seen it. They love them,” Trump said.