Kellyanne Conway escalated a feud with Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, accusing the House speaker of treating her like “her maid” following the previous day’s disastrous meeting on infrastructure.
Conway, a senior counselor to Trump, said that following his abrupt departure from the meeting with Democratic leaders, during which the president told lawmakers he could not work with them so long as they continued their investigations into him, she asked Pelosi if she had any response.
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“When she was finished I said, respectfully, ‘Madam Speaker, would you like to address some of the specifics the president talked about,’” Conway recounted in an interview on Fox News.
According to Conway, Pelosi shot back: “I don’t — I talk to the president, I don’t talk to staff.”
But Conway said she shrugged off the interaction.
“Because let’s face it, she is the sixth most rich member of Congress, she treats everybody like they’re her staff,” she claimed. “She treats me like I’m either her maid or her driver or her pilot or her makeup artist and I’m not.”
Conway then said the shot back to the speaker: “I said to her, ‘How very pro-woman of you.’ Per usual, because she is not very pro-woman. She is pro some women, a few women.”
The speaker has been blamed by Trump and his allies for dooming Wednesday’s meeting by publicly accusing Trump of engaging in a “cover-up.” Conway repeatedly blasted the speaker on Thursday, accusing Pelosi of being unable to “control her temper” about Trump or the members of her party calling for his impeachment.
“She was the one who came to the mics and said that the president was engaged in a cover-up, which is nonsense. All she had to do was either move her meeting to later in the afternoon with her caucus where she’s under enormous pressure to get on with impeaching the president which she doesn’t want to do right now — or she could have said ‘I won’t talk to you right now, we’re on our way to the White House to work on infrastructure. Let’s meet at 2:00 or 3:00 and I’ll give you the rundown of the whole day,'” Conway suggested. “But no, they can’t resist going out and giving a live running commentary of what her more outrageous, liberal hellbent on getting this president out of the White House members are pressuring her to do.”
Pelosi, in her weekly news conference Thursday, refused to address the exchange with Conway.
“I’m not going to talk about her,” she told reporters.
According to a Roll Call analysis of last Congress’ wealthiest members, Pelosi had a net worth of $16 million, good enough to make her the 30th wealthiest member of Congress. Though a 2015 estimate of her net worth by Center for Responsive Politics pegged her at over $100 million, making her the 6th richest member of the House at the time. Much of that wealth, however, is attributed to her husband, who runs real estate and venture capital investment and consulting firm.