PoliticsOcasio-Cortez, Pelosi to meet and discuss working relationship

08:15  18 july  2019
08:15  18 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Pelosi: Remark about Dem freshmen was 'statement of fact'

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Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (/oʊˌkɑːsioʊ kɔːrˈtɛz/; Spanish: [oˈkasjo koɾˈtes]; born October 13, 1989), often referred to by her initials, AOC

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez plan to meet to discuss their icy relationship , a development that Drew Hammill, the speaker’s deputy chief of staff, said Ms. Ocasio - Cortez reached out on Tuesday afternoon to the California Democrat to ask for a meeting and that they are working with Ms. Ocasio - Cortez to

Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi to meet and discuss working relationship© Reuters/Joshua Roberts FILE PHOTO: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before a ceremonial swearing-in picture on Capitol Hill in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman lawmaker who has clashed with Republican President Donald Trump and her own Democratic leadership, has sought a meeting with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss their relationship, a Pelosi aide said on Wednesday.

The outspoken New Yorker's request for one-on-one time with Pelosi, the nation's most powerful Democrat, was made on Tuesday. Schedulers are working on it, and the chiefs of staff of both offices have met, said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.

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In an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King on Tuesday, Democratic Reps. Alexia Ocasio - Cortez and Rashida Tlaib spoke about recent tensions

Ocasio - Cortez briefly spoke about her complicated relationship with Pelosi during a Tuesday interview with New York Radio Hour. During the interview, Ocasio - Cortez revealed that she had not spoken to Pelosi one-on-one since being asked to join the Select Committee on Climate Change

Ocasio-Cortez's office declined to comment.

The meeting would follow a turbulent few days for both women as Democrats chart a path forward for their House agenda and plans for Democrats to run against Trump and his Republicans in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Over the weekend, Trump attacked Ocasio-Cortez and three other minority progressive congresswomen, known as "the squad," in tweets that the House, under Pelosi's leadership, voted on Tuesday to condemn as "racist comments."

While Trump's attack was seen by some as an attempt to divide Democrats, it presented Pelosi with a chance to come to the squad's defense and possibly reset her relationship with the congresswomen, who have sometimes been critical of Pelosi's leadership.

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Ocasio - Cortez added that, “to be truly effective,” the new committee “should have a mandate to draft a Green New Deal plan by 2020.” Beyond climate policy, Tuesday’s protest seems to presage a contentious relationship between Democratic leaders in Congress and the progressive newcomers

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez arrives in Congress with a bigger megaphone than any other House freshman. In public and private, Ocasio - Cortez is pressuring Pelosi to reinstate—and newly Ocasio - Cortez wears glasses when she’s not on TV, and it was easier to see the young Star Trek fan

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The squad appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday and Ocasio-Cortez said sometimes "there are members who challenge her conclusions, who disagree with her," referring to Pelosi. But Ocasio-Cortez said that does not mean there is "a fundamental fracture" among Democrats.

Pelosi forcefully defended the four congresswomen in the furor that played out after Trump's tweets, calling his comments "disgraceful and disgusting" and "racist."

Separately, Pelosi again tried to tamp down efforts within her party to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. Pelosi has urged Democrats to hold off while panels conclude investigations into whether Trump colluded with Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election or obstructed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the matter.

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Pelosi refused to respond directly to Rep. Ocasio - Cortez ’s accusation that she is targeting “newly elected Several African American and Latino Democrats rallied around House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday after Rep. Sewell has tried multiple times to discuss the matter with Ocasio - Cortez

Ocasio - Cortez retaliated by calling Pelosi “outright disrespectful” to newly elected women of color. The “squad,” consisting of Reps. Ocasio - Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna If they do decide that it’s worth it to get back together and work on building a more solid coalition, there

The Democratic-controlled House late on Tuesday passed the resolution condemning Trump's comments by a 240-187 vote, with four Republicans joining Democrats in support of the measure.

Dozens of Republicans in Congress have also criticized or raised some level of concern about Trump's attacks.

Ocasio-Cortez's request for a meeting with Pelosi came hours before Tuesday's vote on the resolution, which most Republicans opposed.

The other squad members are Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Trump tweeted they should all "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

All four women of color are U.S. citizens. Three were born in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia and emigrated as a child, with her family securing asylum after arriving in the United States.

In a late-night tweet, Trump praised Republicans for remaining "unified" on the condemnation vote "concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen."

Pelosi said at a Wednesday news conference that Trump was attempting to distract voters from his statements and Democrats from focusing on their policy agenda.

"We're not having him set our agenda. We're setting our own agenda," Pelosi told reporters.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell, Doina Chiacu and David Alexander; editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Cynthia Osterman)

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