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PoliticsOcasio-Cortez, Pelosi to meet and discuss working relationship

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

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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

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

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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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

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, U.S., January 3, 2019.

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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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

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.

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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 defends handling of 4 House women as Democrats fume about Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide Nancy Pelosi refused to respond directly to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s accusation that she is singling out “newly elected women of color.” Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent, Pressley is African American, Omar is an African immigrant and Tlaib is Palestinian American. Said Pelosi Thursday in response, “We respect the value of every member of our caucus. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength. Unity is our power. And we have a big fight, and we’re in the arena and that’s all I’m going to say on the subject.

Later, Pelosi tweeted that she and Ocasio - Cortez "sat down to discuss working together to meet the needs of our districts and our country, fairness in Ocasio - Cortez had requested one-on-one time with Pelosi , the most powerful Democrat in the country, to discuss their relationship after weeks of party

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 's office is working to schedule a meeting between her and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez , a potential opportunity for the two Democratic Party luminaries to settle differences after weeks of tension.

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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It all started with a hashtag, the women explained to "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King asked them about it during her exclusive interview with the group. Here's what they said: KING: Do you like being called "the Squad" and where did that come from? I've been looking, nobody can tell me the answer to that. PRESSLEY: I will offer the genesis of this because again it's nothing conspiratorial. Very organic. None of us had met. I mean I had actually, Alex and I had met once before. And we showed up at new member orientation. We were asked to do an interview because we each represent firsts in our own right.

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