WASHINGTON - As tensions between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi escalated Thursday, the president shared video of the California Democrat stumbling over her words in spliced together clips from a news conference earlier in the day.
“PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post sharing the video, which first appeared Thursday night on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobb’s Tonight.”
“PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE” pic.twitter.com/1OyCyqRTuk— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2019
The video included several instances from Thursday’s news conference in which Pelosi stumbled over her words and an instance in which she referred to “three things” while holding up two fingers.
“I’m 76 years old. She’s a couple of years older than I am. We all age a little differently,” Fox Business Network political analyst Ed Rollins, who according to The Washington Post also leads a pro-Trump super PAC, said in the shared clip. “My sense is she has a very big job. I think she’s getting worn down.”
The video was separate from another edited clip that made the rounds Thursday in which Pelosi appeared to be slurring her words during an appearance at the Center for American Progress, Politico reported. The second doctored clip appeared to be slowed down about 25 percent with the pitch of her voice altered to seem more natural, according to the Post.
Speaking with reporters Thursday, Trump called Pelosi “crazy Nancy” and declared, “She’s a mess,” The Associated Press reported. As for himself, he said, “I’m an extremely stable genius.”
In a response posted Thursday to Twitter, Pelosi said, “When the ‘extremely stable genius’ starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues.”
When the “extremely stable genius” starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues. https://t.co/tfWVkj9CLT— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 23, 2019
The growing feud between Trump and Pelosi came to a head Wednesday when he abruptly walked out of a meeting to discuss infrastructure with congressional leaders, including Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Officials told CNN the president was upset after Pelosi said in a closed-door meeting with Democrats earlier in the day that she believes Trump is “engaged in a cover-up.”
In a surprise appearance in the Rose Garden, the president insisted he would be unable to work with Democrats until after the investigations into his presidency are over.
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