By Emily Goodin, Senior U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com In Mar-a-lago
Published: 17:33 GMT, 24 December 2019 | Updated: 18:31 GMT, 24 December 2019
Donald Trump claimed Nancy Pelosi ‘hates the people who voted for me’ as he railed against the speaker on Tuesday for not sending the formal articles of impeachment to the Senate.
The president has repeatedly expressed his frustration that Pelosi hasn’t transmitted the articles as his formal trial – where he’s expected to be acquitted in the GOP controlled chamber – cannot begin until they arrive.
His rant continued on Christmas eve after a phone call with U.S. troops to wish them a Merry Christmas.
‘She hates the Republican Party. She hates all of the people that voted for me and the Republican Party,’ he told reporters after he talked to the troops.
Donald Trump claimed Nancy Pelosi ‘hates the people who voted for me’
The president has been attacking Speaker Pelosi for not sending impeachment articles to Senate
Pelosi, meanwhile, has not shown her hand and has given no indication when she’ll send the articles over.
The president predicted she would lose control of the House in next year’s election.
‘Look she got thrown out a speaker once before. She lost like 63 seats, 61 or 63, tremendous, a record setting number of seats. I think it’s going to happen again,’ he said.
Democrats lost the House in the 2010 midterm election in the wake of controversy over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which had been passed earlier that year. Republicans picked up 63 House seats in that election.
‘She’s doing a tremendous disservice to the country. She’s not doing a good job. And some people think that she doesn’t know what she’s doing. A lot of people think that. A lot of people have said it,’ Trump continued.
The president also took to Twitter Tuesday morning to charge Democrats with having ‘gone crazy’ and making it difficult for him to govern.
‘The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have gone CRAZY. They want to make it as hard as possible for me to properly run our Country!,’ he wrote.
Pelosi has said she won’t send the articles over to the Senate until she knows what kind format the trial will take.
Negotiations between McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer are at an impasse and the Republican leader indicated Monday it may not be resolved until lawmakers return from their recess in early January.
‘We will find out when we come back in session where we are,’ McConnell said at a press conference in Kentucky.
‘I can’t imagine what purpose is served by her holding on to the papers. So sooner or later, I’m assuming she’s going to send them over,’ McConnell told ‘Fox and Friends’ Monday morning.
And the president claimed Democrats are doubting they have enough evidence so they are using the Senate trial to search for more.
‘Everything we’re seeing from Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer suggests that they’re in real doubt about the evidence they’ve brought forth so far not being good enough, and are very, very urgently seeking a way to find some more evidence. The only way to make this work is to,’ Trump complained on Twitter.
Democrats want to call additional witnesses – including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
McConnell’s preference is to have a short, speedy trial.
President Trump took questions from reporters Tuesday after he talked to U.S. troops
Trump also discredited Pelosi’s role in passing his USMCA trade deal – a high legislative priority of the president’s – by saying she ‘knows nothing’ about it.
‘The ONLY reason we were able to get our great USMCA Trade Deal approved was because the Do Nothing Democrats wanted to show that they could approve something productive in light of the fact that all they even think about is impeachment. She knows nothing about the USMCA Deal!,’ the president tweeted on Tuesday.
Both the president and the speaker have wrestled for credit over passage of the deal, which the House approved on Thursday before lawmakers left for their holiday break.
‘Of course we’ll take credit for it,’ Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol on Thursday. ‘It would have collateral benefit for the president. I don’t care about that. We had an opportunity to do something very important for America’s people.’
The path to passage was a bumpy one as Democrats expressed concerns over enforcement and Mexico’s treatment of its workers.
Additional negotiations led by U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer came up with a deal endorsed by both sides and given the blessing of the AFL-CIO.
The House voted on it the day after lawmakers approved two articles of impeachment against the president on a party line vote.
Now the USMCA goes to the Senate, where Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber would vote on it after it handles President Trump’s impeachment trial.
Donald Trump claims Nancy Pelosi ‘hates the people who voted for me’
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