Trump: Dems are Harassing Nancy Pelosi, Says 'She Deserves to Be Speaker'
President Donald Trump said Saturday morning that some Democrats are "harassing" Rep. Nancy Pelosi over her bid to once again be elected House Speaker.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) has seen a growing number of Democrats oppose her bid for the speakership, with at least 17 House Democrats, including incumbents and incoming members, signing on to a document saying they will not support her.
Speaking to reporters before heading to California to survey the wildfire damage in parts of the state, Trump said that he'd "help" Pelosi "if she needed some votes."
"I will perform a wonderful service for her," he said. "I like her. Can you believe it? I like Nancy Pelosi."
I can get Nancy Pelosi as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the House. She deserves this victory, she has earned it - but there are those in her party who are trying to take it away. She will win! @TomReedCongress
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2018
On Wednesday, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said she is contemplating running for speaker. Asked about a potential challenge from Fudge during a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Pelosi replied, “Come on in, the water’s warm.”
Trump tweeted after the midterms that Pelosi has "earned" the "great honor" to once again be elected House Speaker.
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
On Saturday, he called Pelosi "tough" and "smart" and said that Democrats are "playing games" with her.
"She deserves to be Speaker," he said. "In a way, her own party's harassing her. There's nobody else who should be Speaker."
The president also said that he’d give Pelosi the votes, if asked, to help her win the speakership.
"Whatever number of votes she needs -- if it's 50 or 10 or two or one, she's got them from me," he said.