House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday, July 26, downplayed any differences with progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), saying she had a “nice meeting.”
Pelosi told reporters, “I don’t think we have that many differences” despite some strong arguments back and forth recently with AOC.
“In our caucus we have our differences. Respect that instead of making a big issue of it,” Pelosi said. “We just had a meeting to clear the air.”
Ocasio-Cortez left by another door and avoided commenting.
But Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said, “It was a very positive and productive meeting about progressive priorities.”
The pair had quarreled publicly, a feud that’s found Democratic leaders scrambling for unity. Pelosi had noted that the so-called progressive squad of four women of color that includes Ocasio-Cortez is only four people strong among dozens of Democrats. Ocasio-Cortez in turn accused her of “singling out” women of color.
The two met for around 30 minutes earlier Friday, amid tensions between liberals and moderates over the party’s approach to immigration, Israel, and other hot issues. Pelosi said, “I don’t think there ever was any hatchet” to bury.
She added, “I have meetings with members all the time. I wish you would be interested in them [like the meeting] yesterday on the subject of more funding for committee health centers, more concern about what’s happening at the border.”
Later, Pelosi tweeted a picture of the two in her office, saying they discussed “working together to meet the needs of our districts and our country, fairness in our economy, and diversity in our country.”
Today, Congresswoman @RepAOC and I sat down to discuss working together to meet the needs of our districts and our country, fairness in our economy and diversity in our country. pic.twitter.com/eVp1LS0Gpw
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 26, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez recently criticized Pelosi, saying she felt Pelosi had been “outright disrespectful” by “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” for criticism. Pelosi had remarked that Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives were just four votes in a large Democratic caucus.
Ronna McDaniel, GOP chairwoman, commented about the meeting that “AOC has completely taken over the Democrat Party” because Pelosi said it herself: “I don’t think we have that many differences.”
AOC has completely taken over the Democrat Party.
Pelosi said it herself: “I don’t think we have that many differences.” https://t.co/6kWUkz0Yvh
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) July 26, 2019
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.