Presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter issued a warning to President Trump on Wednesday as her mother and other top Democrats met with president to discuss the government shutdown.
“She’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding,” Alexandria Pelosi, a documentary filmmaker, told CNN.
“That’s all you need to know about her,” she said, drawing hearty laughs from two other panelists and anchors Alisyn Camerota and John Berman.
“No one ever won betting against Nancy Pelosi. She’s persevered,” her daughter said. “You’ve got to give her credit. No matter what you think of her, you’ve got to give her credit because she, think about it, think about all those presidents she’s endured, right?
“She was … the Bush, the Bush, the Clinton, you know, she’s been through it all. So she’s been around. This is not her first rodeo, as your friend George Bush would say,” she continued. “So she knows what she’s doing. That should make you sleep well at night, knowing that someone in this town knows what they’re doing.”
The younger Pelosi spoke with CNN from Washington, D.C. around 8 a.m., as her mother and other top lawmakers prepared to meet with President Trump in the Situation Room to discuss the ongoing partial government shutdown and potential negotiations about border security.
The meeting is the first since Democrat leaders left for vacation after rejecting Trump’s demand for funding to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, a move that left thousands of federal workers without pay. The House has already approved legislation to fund the government and the border wall, but Democrats have vowed to block the measure in the Senate.
House Democrats, meanwhile, are crafting legislation to reopen the government without funding for a border wall they plan to approve when the party takes control of the lower chamber this month, Fox News reports.
Alexandria Pelosi told CNN she interviewed outgoing congressmen for a film chronicling the changing political landscape inside the Beltway, and explained many outgoing congressmen blame Trump for refusing to play by the rules.
“Washington is an ecosystem, right, and there are rules. And first you have to learn how to play the game and then you have to learn how to win the game,” she said. “And so, what my whole show is about is talking to members of Congress that can teach us how the game is played. Washington has a certain gamebook that you have to follow.”
Alexandria Pelosi contends Mitt Romney’s recent criticism of Trump defies the rules of the swamp, but the president himself has been the main driver for doing things differently.
“Mitt Romney has thrown that playbook out the window on his first day here” by criticizing Trump, she said.
“I think it’s a really interesting conversation about how you play this game,” the younger Pelosi told CNN. “Trump has completely destroyed all of the rules of engagement, so there are no rules left.”
Regardless, Pelosi’s film aims to educate incoming lawmakers about how the game used to be played, and she summarized advice from losers in Congress heading home in 2019.
“Be nice, make friends,” she said. “This is a town where you have to make friends if you want to accomplish anything.”