Nancy Pelosi has returned to power as Speaker of the House after eight years as the minority leader, and she has a lofty view of just how powerful she is, according to an interview with The New York Times.
Pelosi, referred to by the Times as an "icon of female power," believes she and President Donald Trump are on equal footing now.
Here's the excerpt from the NYT article:
Asked if she considers herself Mr. Trump's equal, she replied, "The Constitution does." She frowned at the memory of a dinner at the White House last year when men talked over her, and she asked, "Doesn't anybody listen to a woman in the room?"
"Hopefully that will become a thing of the past now that we have so many women in Congress—and with the gavel," Ms. Pelosi said. "The gavel makes a big difference."
Pelosi was elected House Speaker after initially facing some significant opposition from those within her party who believed Democrats needed fresh leadership. Pelosi's backers, however, view her as the only person tough and experienced enough to face off with Trump.
"She's unapologetic about her ambition, she's insulting Trump's manhood and storming out of the White House in orange coat and sunglasses," said Amanda Litman, founder of the liberal organization Run for Something, according to the Times.
Pelosi and Trump are currently at an impasse over border wall funding, but Trump has signaled a possible willingness to make a deal with Democrats to end the shutdown, although he reportedly won't sign a budget bill that doesn't fund the wall, while Pelosi plans to pass a bill in the House that reopens the government and doesn't fund the wall.
"Border Security and the Wall "thing" and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker!" Trump wrote Tuesday. "Let's make a deal?"
Border Security and the Wall “thing” and Shutdown is not where Nancy Pelosi wanted to start her tenure as Speaker! Let’s make a deal?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1546369356.0