'Nothing Sarcastic About It': Trump Says Pelosi 'Deserves' to Be Speaker Again
In a post-midterm election news conference, President Trump doubled down on his endorsement for presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump said in a tweet earlier Wednesday that Pelosi “deserves” to be House speaker, and even offered to help provide the votes. Many interpreted that as a tongue-in-cheek comment, but the president said that was not the case.
In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
"A lot of people thought I was being sarcastic or I was kidding. I wasn't," Trump said in the news conference.
Trump reiterated that Pelosi "deserves" the speakership, calling her a "capable person" who has "fought long and hard."
"You have other people shooting at her, trying to take over the speakership," Trump said. "If she has a problem, I think I would very easily supply her the necessary votes."
He added that he believes he and Pelosi can work together -- along with other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle -- and "get a lot of things done."
In the race to replace Flake in the Senate, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally are locked in a race that remains too close to call.