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Pelosi: President Trump Doesn't Know What He Doesn't Know


By    |   Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 02:26 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump's slam about her competency shows how Democrats are starting to get under his skin, and she accused the president Tuesday of not knowing what he does not know.

"The statement that he made that nobody knew, nobody knew how complicated healthcare legislation is, what I said is it reminded me of a Yogi Berra joke," the California Democrat and former House Speaker told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "He brings home a report card and his father has to sign it and his father says 'Yogi, don't you know anything,' and he says, 'No, I don't even suspect anything.'

"That reminds me of President Trump, and we've obviously gotten under his skin."

Trump told Fox News on Tuesday morning Pelosi has "done a terrible job," and "she is not a good spokesman. There are those who say I have done more than anybody [in] any 100 days."

Trump also spoke of increasing the military's budget by $54 billion more, while slashing domestic spending, but Pelosi said domestic spending is also vital.

"What most people don't know is that the defense budget is strictly the military side," Pelosi said. "We all believe that our strength of our nation should certainly be measured in our military might, but also in the health, education and well-being of the American people. On the domestic side of the budget is where you find Veterans Affairs, the State Department, Homeland Security. So, if he would, if you diminish the investments in soft power, you are endangering the country."

More than 100 generals signed a letter Monday opposing budget cuts, CBS News reported, and Pelosi said she agrees with them.

"The generals made a very clear case for having the balance," said Pelosi, pointing out there is not enough money in discretionary spending to make up the difference to pay for the $54 billion he wants more for the military.

"He's abandoning the agreement we have when we went forward post sequestration, and the rest that any increases or decreases in one side would be matched on the other side, that there would be symmetry," Pelosi said. "What the president said himself, he obviously didn't know it would be complicated and also doesn't know what the budget is about."

The budget, she said, is a statement of the United States' values, and "it's how we educate people to reach their aspirations, it's about our military might." With Trump's statements, he is indicating he wants to get the money to increase military spending by getting it from another area, but he does not know where and "thinks nobody else does as well."

Meanwhile, Americans are hearing different things at different times from the president and House Speaker Paul Ryan, Pelosi said, and Ryan's budget, which members have voted on several times, takes away several guarantees, including on Medicare.

"You put seniors at the mercy of going shopping with a voucher, a small voucher for their healthcare, so that's not going to fly," Pelosi said. "Public sentiment is everything . . . when the public sees what these choices are and how they diminish our strength as a nation, do you think the president can sell increasing the military budget by 10 percent?"

Trump does not understand how complicated such a move is, she continued. Medicaid may help poor children, but in addition, 50 percent of the money spent in nursing homes also comes from Medicaid.

She pointed out Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, has also been thankful for Medicaid and its use for rehabilitation purposes.

"When you say the president is exempting Homeland Security from any cuts that means there are even further cuts on the domestic side," Pelosi said. "It would mean maybe 100,000 children would not have access to HeadStart. It would mean over $3 billion in cuts at the National Institutes of Health, 1,000 fewer grants being made to our investments in science."

Trump, she continued, "has shown nothing in terms of jobs, job creation, raising wages, building infrastructure. He's put nothing forward, and he thinks he could tell people he's done more than anyone, well that might work in his book, but it isn't real in our lives."

Pelosi also slammed House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes for agreeing to speak with reporters for The New York Times article concerning Trump's campaign aides speaking with Russian agents.

"It's totally inappropriate," she said. "He's speaking from information he received from a classified setting. That's really against the rules of the House. If, in fact he's just catering to the whim of the president, then I think he has to be held accountable for that."

She also joined other Democrats in calling for an independent probe of the Russian connections, and said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from the investigation.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump's slam about her competency shows how Democrats are starting to get under his skin, and she accused the president Tuesday of not knowing what he does not know.
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