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Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi to meet and discuss working relationship

Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi to meet and discuss working relationship


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman lawmaker who has clashed with Republican President Donald Trump and her own Democratic leadership, has sought a meeting with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss their relationship, a Pelosi aide said on Wednesday.

The outspoken New Yorkers request for one-on-one time with Pelosi, the nations most powerful Democrat, was made on Tuesday. Schedulers are working on it, and the chiefs of staff of both offices have met, said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.

Ocasio-Cortezs office declined to comment.

The meeting would follow a turbulent few days for both women as Democrats chart a path forward for their House agenda and plans for Democrats to run against Trump and his Republicans in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Over the weekend, Trump attacked Ocasio-Cortez and three other minority progressive congresswomen, known as the squad, in tweets the House, under Pelosis leadership, voted on Tuesday to condemn as racist comments.

While Trumps attack was seen by some as an attempt to divide Democrats, it presented Pelosi with a chance to come to the squads defense and possibly reset her relationship with the congresswomen, who have sometimes been critical of Pelosis leadership.

The squad appeared on CBS This Morning on Wednesday and Ocasio-Cortez said sometimes there are members who challenge her conclusions, who disagree with her, referring to Pelosi. But Ocasio-Cortez said that does not mean there is a fundamental fracture among Democrats.

Pelosi forcefully defended the four congresswomen in the furor that played out after Trumps tweets, calling his comments disgraceful and disgusting and racist.

The Democratic-controlled House late on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning Trumps comments by a 240-187 vote, with four Republicans joining Democrats in support of the measure.

Dozens of Republicans in Congress have also criticized or raised some level of concern about Trumps attacks.

Ocasio-Cortezs request for a meeting with Pelosi came hours before Tuesdays vote on the resolution, which most Republicans opposed.

The other squad members are Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Trump tweeted they should all go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.

All four women of color are U.S. citizens. Three were born in the United States. Omar was born in Somalia and emigrated as a child, with her family securing asylum after arriving in the United States.

In a late-night tweet, Trump praised Republicans for remaining unified on the condemnation vote concerning statements I made about four Democrat Congresswomen.

Reporting by Amanda BeckerEditing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Cynthia Osterman


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