Pelosi gave Trump the 'middle finger' by only sending aides to meet with his negotiation team: CNN panelist
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CNN screen grab)

During a panel discussion on Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her new power as House Speaker again, a CNN panelist noted that the Democratic leader appears to be showing up Donald Trump whenever she can.


Addressing a budget negotiation meeting helmed by Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday, attended by senior White House officials including Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Trump adviser Jared Kushner, it was pointed out that Pelosi only sent some aides.

According to New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, Trump is going to have to learn to deal with Pelosi on a different level.

"He [Trump] has told himself he'll be able to work with her," Haberman explained. "The White Housee has tried, without success, over the last several weeks to divide Nancy Pelosi from [Democratic Sen. Chuck] Schumer and drive a wedge between the two. It's underestimating the degree to which they are close and overestimating the degree to which Chuck Schumer wants to have comity with the president."

Politico political analyst Eliana Johnson jumped in to point out what she took away from the meeting that reportedly went nowhere.

"I'd add one point to that dynamic played out yesterday when Trump, his delegation that he sent to negotiate over the shutdown was the vice president of the United States and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner," she observed. "Nancy Pelosi sent two aides and a former administration official said this is a case study of the new dynamic where she basically gave him the middle finger."

"I'm not sure the president picked up on that," she added to laughter from the panel as another CNN contributor quipped off-camera, "He will today."

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