Nancy Pelosi has said the Democrats “will not be a diversion” to the Republican president, despite his “bizarre” attacks on the House speaker.
The California Democrat, who has been under fire from President Donald Trump for her refusal to defend his controversial remarks on Charlottesville, told CNN’s Erin Burnett that her message to the president is “not to be distracted.”
Pelosi told Burnett she was not trying to be disruptive, but instead a reminder to Trump of his responsibilities to the American people.
She said she’s not going “to be a distracting distraction” to Trump, but rather “a reminder to him that he is going to have to govern, and I know we all understand that he’s going to try to govern in a way that reflects his views, but I also know that he has a responsibility to the people that he serves.”
“He’s got to do his job, and the American public deserves a president who will do his work,” Pelosi said.
“I think it’s going be a difficult job, but that’s part of the job.
But I think it is important for him to understand the difference between the job and the presidency.”
Pelleosi said that while the president has “a responsibility to be an effective president,” he has to work with “people who share the same values, the same convictions, and he’s got a responsibility, a responsibility not to get sucked into a political circus that we’ve seen so far.”
“We’ve got to have a sense of the balance,” she added.