Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met on Friday after weeks of tension and as the pressure built up under the party's left wing to start an accusation procedure against President Donald Trump.
& # 39; I don't think we have so many differences & # 39 ;, Pelosi then told reporters on Capitol Hill.
She said the meeting & # 39; very good & # 39; was expired.
In the meantime, Ocasio-Cortez tried to downplay the meeting.
& # 39; It's nothing too climatic & # 39 ;, said the New York democrat USA today before sitting, & # 39; just try to make sure we have an open communication line and end up on the same page & # 39 ;.
Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will meet face-to-face on Friday after weeks of tension
Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez have not spoken to each other for months on end
The two women have not spoken one to one for months.
They met in the elegant Pelosi office room in the Capitol overlooking the National Mall.
Their pow-wow comes after Pelosi was not persuaded to start cancellation hearings against the president after Robert Mueller's testimony fell on Wednesday.
& # 39; My position has always been: every decision we make in that regard should be taken with the strongest possible hand, and we still have some outstanding cases in the courts, & # 39; she said during a press conference in the Capitol after the former special council wrapped.
Ocasio-Cortez was an early voice that asked to oust Trump.
She repeated that call after Mueller's testimony.
& # 39; The rule of law means that * everyone * should be treated in the same way in the eyes of the law. This means that the rich and powerful must be held responsible for crimes like everyone else. That also applies to the president. He broke the law. And to uphold the US rule of law, he must be deposed, "she tweeted Wednesday after Muller finished witnessing.
There have been many reports this month about the tension between Pelosi, an old powerhouse on Capitol Hill, and members of the & # 39; team & # 39; – Ocasio-Cortez, Ilham Omar, Rashid Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – four young legislators with large social media that follow gives them a different kind of political power.
There were plenty of topics for the two women to talk about, ranging from Ocasio-Cortez liberal policy goals to President Donald Trump's comments about the & # 39; team & # 39; to the New York Democrat habits on social media.
In addition to the political battles of the past week, the two have differences in the area of serious policy issues. Ocasio-Cortez has pushed a Green New Deal that costs an estimated $ 3.9 trillion.
The Ocasio-Cortez staff may even come to the fore when Pelosi made it clear last week that she was not happy that the Congresswoman's chief of staff tweeted criticism of democratic legislators.
The culture on Capitol Hill is an environment where non-elected assistants play a role in the back seat and do not put the legislator in the spotlight.
But Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff at Ocasio-Cortez, attacked Pelosi and other Democrats in a tweet earlier this month and criticized the Blue Dog Democrats and New Democrats – because the moderate members of the party are known.
Chakrabarti called them & # 39; New Southern Democrats & # 39 ;, which is seen as a code word for segregationists.
& # 39; Instead of & # 39; fiscal conservative but socially liberal & # 39 ;, let's the New Democrats and Blue Dog Caucus de & # 39; New Southern Democrats & # 39; They certainly seem to be captivated by the black and brown people of today what the old South Democrats did in the 40s, & he wrote Saturday.
He deleted the message later.
& # 39; I have deleted the tweet since, yes, I am angry. But I do think that if we do not make progress in the area of racial justice, it is because of the new Dems and blue dogs. Just like in 1940, & # 39; he wrote later.
Pelosi dressed up legislators about their social media habits in a closed meeting on Capitol Hill.
"Do you have a complaint? You come to talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect that we think that is just ok, ”said Pelosi during the meeting, according to a source in the room, who was interpreted as a comment about Chakrabarti's tweet.
Home worker Saikat Chakrabarti, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff, sent a tweet that made temperate Democrats angry
Saikat Chakrabarti has removed this tweet, which many members of Congress found offensive
Pelosi said she did her job as party leader.
& # 39; They took offense because, at the request of my members, I addressed an offensive tweet from one of the members' offices that mainly referred to our Blue Dogs and our new Dems as segregationists. Our members found that offensive. I tackled that. How they interpret it and carry it to another place is up to them. But I'm not going to talk about it anymore & # 39 ;, she told reporters last week during her weekly news conference.
In an interview with The New Yorker two weeks ago, Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she had not spoken to Pelosi for months and suggested that she be given some important commission duties in an effort to keep her busy.
& # 39; I think people sometimes think we are in a relationship, & # 39; she said to The New Yorker Radio Hour.
When asked if this was the case, the Democratic Congresswoman said: & # 39; not particularly – no one who I think is different from anyone else. & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez admitted that she had not spoken to the speaker one-to-one for months.
& # 39; The last time I spoke to her one-on-one was when she asked me to become a member of the Select Committee on Climate Change & she said.
Pelosi announced the members of that committee in February – six months ago.
& # 39; I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees. So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they want to keep me busy, & # 39; Ocasio-Cortez added.
The New York legislator was assigned to the House Financial Services Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform – both panels investigate President Trump.
Pelosi had argued with members of & # 39; the team & # 39 ;: representatives Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley
Speaker Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez have not spoken to each other for months on end
She also seemed to be chasing Pelosi during that interview, claiming that the power in the country's capital was too concentrated.
"We don't know how to talk about our own problems in a way that I believe is convincing … we defend ourselves too often. We are too often afraid of our own values and adhere to them. And I feel like we're running away from our beliefs too much, & she said.
"The rules of Congress have changed over the years to give, I think, an insane amount of power to a handful of people – even within the House of Representatives themselves. The speaker, [party] leadership, committee chairmen … over the years the rules have changed to a kind of consolidating power to a very large extent. & # 39;
Pelosi and the & # 39; team & # 39; had a fight earlier this month when four voted against a $ 4.6 billion border bill, of which $ 3 billion would finance humanitarian aid on the US-Mexican border.
The version of the bill that passed the House last month was the Republican version, after the Democratic version was rejected in the Senate.
The speaker rejected them as & # 39; four voices & # 39 ;.
Much was done about the fight, with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stroking the flames through a & # 39; catfight & # 39; to name.
But the problem was made worse by comments made by Ocasio-Cortez The Washington Post, where she accused Pelosi of repeatedly selecting "newly chosen women of color" and calling the speaker "downright disrespectful."
"When these comments first started, I thought she was keeping the progressive flank at a greater distance from one arm to protect more moderate members, which I understood," said Ocasio-Cortez about Pelosi's criticism.
& # 39; But the stubborn pick … it came to a point that it was simply downright disrespectful … the explicit pick of newly chosen women of color, & # 39; she went on.
President Donald Trump joined the Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez feud
But Ocasio-Cortez told CBS News that she did not say that Pelosi was disrespectful to women of color.
& # 39; I'll clarify it. I did not say she was disrespectful to women of color. I found some comments disrespectful, and that was my personal opinion, and I felt that choosing on the basis of one voice created an opening, but that does not mean that we fundamentally disagree or fundamentally disagree with each other and strength and skill to be here and that makes us united as a caucus, & she said.
Pelosi defended the & # 39; team & # 39; after Trump tweeted Sunday that they should & # 39; go back where they came from & # 39; if they were unhappy.
His weight on the feud seemed to be the speaker and the & # 39; team & # 39; to bring them closer together.
Pelosi supported a resolution condemning Trump & # 39; s tweets about lawmakers and even caused a controversy on the floor of the House when she became president of a & # 39; racist & # 39; during her speech on the measure.
The members of the & # 39; team & # 39; said there was no break between them and the speaker.
& # 39; I feel no break, & # 39; said Omar to CBS.
& # 39; I don't, & # 39; Ocasio-Cortez agreed. & # 39; I feel that just as there were members of Congress who did not vote for the speaker on the floor of the House on the day of our sworn, just as there are members who dispute her conclusions, who disagree with her We also time that time. But that does not mean that there is a fundamental break or dehumanization going on in our caucus. & # 39;
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