A Frustrated Nancy Pelosi Tells Off CNN’s Manu Raju After He Asks Too Many Questions About Trump

A Frustrated Nancy Pelosi Tells Off CNN’s Manu Raju After He Asks Too Many Questions About Trump

Like Popeye, Nancy Pelosi has had all she can stands, and she can’t stands no more.

CNN’s Manu Raju was interviewing the Speaker of the House at a summit put on by The Peter G. Peterson Foundation on Tuesday when he got under her skin by asking a question about Donald Trump. And then another question. And another. And another.

Pelosi tried to cut Raju off early, complaining that he was asking her about insults Trump has tweeted about her and not reducing the national debt, the ostensible purpose of the summit. At one point she said “I’m done with him, I don’t even want to talk about him.”

Raju kept after it, however. But after a solid 15 minutes of questions related to Trump, Pelosi finally had enough. When Raju asked her about Trump’s claim that he “deserves credit for forcing Mexico to take a tougher line on the immigration issue,” she turned to the audience and said, “If I had been invited to talk about the president, I would have had more important work to do at home.”

She went on to add that not only had the issues Trump claims to have resolved with Mexico actually been resolved weeks ago, but that the president’s recent blow-up at Mexico, during which he threatened to slap tariffs on goods imported from the country, had been timed to distract the public from the negative conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Pelosi then launched into complimenting Peterson and his family and talking about how honored she was to participate in the foundation’s summit. A possibly chastened Raju then said he did want to ask her about the federal budget, which led Pelosi to drily say, “Oh my goodness.”

She played at being even more shocked a moment later when Raju asked her to gauge the prospects of passing the president’s replacement for NAFTA, responding, “How did a policy issue slip in there?”

Watch the video above, via CNN.


Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.