Speaking to reporters Friday at the Christian Science Monitor breakfast, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she would have retired if Hillary Clinton were elected president.

"It was really shocking that somebody like Donald Trump could be president of the United States," she said.

"That motivated me to stay. Again, I would've been gone by now if she (Clinton) had won."

After Trump won the election, Pelosi, 76, decided to continue to lead the Democrats in their fight against the new president's agenda.

Pelosi said she was especially motivated to remain in her post to protect ObamaCare.

In late November, she successfully beat back a challenge to her leadership by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) to remain House minority leader.

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