While leading a bicameral Congressional Delegation to Madrid, Spain for the 2019 United Nations Framework on Climate Change on Monday, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters she has a rule forbidding her from speaking ill of President Donald Trump – but, only while she’s abroad.
At a press conference kicking off the climate summit, a reporter asked Pelosi about voter support for her efforts to impeach Pres. Trump:
Q: “Well I hope this isn’t a difficult question. If I may, a question on U.S. politics, Speaker Pelosi. During the recess week, what did Democratic lawmakers from swing districts hear from their constituents regarding the impeachment proceedings?”
Pelosi declined to answer the question, saying she has “a rule of CODELs” (Congressional Delegations):
“Well I appreciate your question. If you have another one, you may want to ask it, because we aren’t here to talk about impeachment or the President of the United States. We’re here to talk about – I have a rule of CODELs.
“When we travel abroad we don’t talk about the President in a negative way, and we save that for home.”
Pelosi said Congressional Democrats “are doing many more things” than just trying to impeach Trump – such as passing a U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement:
“But nonetheless, we’re here to talk positively about our agenda to save the planet for future generations. And we in our Congress are doing many more things other than reviewing the possibility of impeaching a president.
“Our colleagues have talked about some of the initiatives. Right now we’re talking about a Mexico-U.S.-Canada trade agreement. We’re talking about lowering the cost of prescription drugs. We’re talking about expanding and strengthening the Voting Rights Act. We’re talking about an array of legislative – many of them within the committees of jurisdiction of our chairmen who are here.”
But, on Saturday, Trump retweeted a post by his campaign (@TeamTrump) that it’s been a year since he “signed the #USMCA with Canada and Mexico” – and, it’s been sitting on Pelosi’s desk “collecting dust” ever since:
“One year ago today, President @realDonaldTrump signed the #USMCA with Canada and Mexico. It now sits on Nancy Pelosi's desk collecting dust! Why won't @SpeakerPelosi pass the USMCA and help America's workers? #USMCANow”
“Nancy Pelosi won’t put it up for a vote. Has delayed it for 6 months,” Trump added in a separate tweet commemorating the one-year anniversary of his signing the USMCA.
Pelosi concluded by reassuring the reporter that Democrats are going to continue investigating, and litigating against, Pres. Trump:
“But that is only one – we are legislating. We are litigating. We are investigating.
“But – let’s – we’re focusing today on legislating. Thank you.”