House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed on Friday that she had not spoken to President Trump for more than a year – but said working with mediators had brought results, and talks should not be “person -to-person. “
Pelosi was asked by MSNBC host Nicole Wallace if, a year after she appeared in a controversial October 16 White House meeting and stopped speaking to Trump, if she would be open if Trump reached out to “open the canal of conversation . ”
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“So, it depends on what the goal is,” Pelosi said.
He later suggested that he had in fact been more productive in negotiating with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and others in the White House.
“Let me say, without the two of us speaking in person, but, either through the waves of the wind or through the mediators of the President, we were able, at that time, to pass a large bill to preserve the government tomorrow, working with Secretary Mnuchin then, ”he said.
He pointed to the free trade deal with the US-Mexico-Canada trade, which passed Congress as well as the four bipartisan bills associated with the COVID-19 crisis as examples of White House cooperation.
“So it should not be human-to-human between the Speaker and the President,” he said. “It should be knowledgeable for knowledge in terms of what we are – what we aspire to, what we know about the challenge we face and what the possible solutions are.”
“This last thing is about whether the President speaks the truth at any White House meeting that deserves to be present,” he said.
Trump said Thursday he was “ready to sign” a fourth package of coronavirus stimulus, and if he and Pelosi push for an agreement, Republican Senators will board.
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At a city hall hosted by NBC News Thursday night, the president said he and his administration were “ready to sign.”
“Do you know who I am dealing with? Nancy Pelosi | He does not want to give the money, ”he said. “It is not the fault of our people. This is China’s fault. ”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.