Lawmakers trade barbs, torch Trump at DC soiree
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Lawmakers — including Reps. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiGOP nearing end game on immigration votes Dems after briefing: 'No evidence' spy placed in Trump campaign Schumer: Call off GOP-only 'sham briefing' on FBI informant MORE (D-Calif.), Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt Top GOP donor threatens to stop giving to lawmakers over DACA battle Key House chairman floats changes to immigration bill MORE (R-La.) and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenPaul Ryan’s political purgatory Overnight Defense: Over 500 amendments proposed for defense bill | Measures address transgender troops, Yemen war | Trump taps acting VA chief as permanent secretary Defense bill amendment would protect open transgender military service MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOvernight Finance: House sends Dodd-Frank rollbacks to Trump | What's in the bill | Trump says there is 'no deal' to help ZTE | Panel approves bill to toughen foreign investment reviews Congress, Trump eye new agency to invest in projects overseas On World Press Freedom Day, elected officials must commit to keeping press freedom nonpartisan MORE (D-Del.) — traded zingers and one-liners as they honored journalists at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s annual Congressional Dinner.

Pelosi kicked off the 74th annual dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington on Tuesday with some wisecracks directed at President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up Trump taps vocal anti-illegal immigration advocate for State Dept's top refugee job Seattle Seahawks player: Trump is 'an idiot' for saying protesting NFL players 'shouldn’t be in the country' MORE.

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“Donald Trump is actually a teetotaler, he doesn’t drink,” Pelosi said of the commander-in-chief.

“Which is funny, because he sure seems to like his White Russians,” the House minority leader quipped.

The lawmaker took another shot at Vice President Pence.

Mentioning her upcoming appearance on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Pelosi cracked, “Do you think Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump won't be Charlie Brown to Kim's Lucy with the football Trump signs Dodd-Frank rollback US sanctions must be precise in order to spare innocent Venezuelans MORE is allowed to dine alone with a man in drag?” The quip was a reference to an interview Pence once did with The Hill in which he said he never goes out to eat with women by himself.

Scalise took his own swipe at Pelosi, motioning to her and saying, “Nancy, it’s always great to break bread with you. I promise next time not to leave so many crumbs.”

The joke was a reference to a comment made by Pelosi in January, in which she said employee bonuses resulting from the GOP tax cut amounted to “crumbs.”

Ros-Lehtinen, who announced her retirement from Congress last year, also took some jabs at Pelosi during the roast-like ceremony.

“Let’s be serious — it’s tough to win legislation in Congress. Many times, the process is as frozen as Nancy Pelosi’s face,” Ros-Lehtinen said, just inches from the California congresswoman.

“I’m kidding,” Ros-Lehtinen added with a grin, “but sometimes her happy and her angry face, they’re pretty similar!”

Ros-Lehtinen said she started the trend of GOP lawmakers retiring from office, exclaiming, “Republicans haven’t deserted something this fast since Jeb [Bush] ran for president!”

Coons made a return trip to the Congressional Dinner stage, having previously delivered remarks at the 2011 bash.

Speaking after Ros-Lehtinen, Coons said, “When you were 7 years old, Ileana, you fled Cuba to escape the regime of a narcissistic, deluded, megalomaniac — and today … you know, life is funny like that.”

Coons also aimed his biting comedy Trump’s way, telling the crowd, “I think President Trump might come around on a few of his major decisions.”

“Once the rising seas hit Mar-a-Lago, we might get back into the Paris Agreement,” said Coons. “And once Don Jr. tells him just how bad prison is, we might finally see criminal justice reform.”

Buffalo News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski was honored for his reporting and ABC’s Robin Sproul was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the soiree, which was emceed by CNN’s Dana Bash. The Hill hosted a post-dinner reception following the event.

Among the lawmakers eyed there: Reps. 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Just look at California Overnight Defense: Over 500 amendments proposed for defense bill | Measures address transgender troops, Yemen war | Trump taps acting VA chief as permanent secretary Lawmakers seek to limit US involvement in Yemen's civil war MORE (D-Calif.),, Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroBlack, Hispanic lawmakers hammer Amazon directors' opposition to diversity rule Texas charter school reinstates teacher who asked students to list positive aspects of slavery NRA criticized for hosting event where guns are banned due to Pence appearance MORE (D-Texas), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellGOP lawmaker calls on US Olympic Committee chief to resign Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Dems urge Trump to reinstate top cyber post MORE (D-Mich.), Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyWhite House lawyer’s presence at FBI meetings sets off alarm bells for Dems Dems after briefing: 'No evidence' spy placed in Trump campaign House GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe MORE (R-S.C.), Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosPath to Dem majority lies in well-educated districts We need more women in STEM — Aviation may be the key Rural Democrats deserve a better farm bill MORE (D-Ill.), Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordOvernight Finance: Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy | Justices uphold contracts that bar employee class-action suits | US, China trade war 'on hold' Free traders applaud Trump as China tariff threat recedes Sanford challenger references ex-governor's affair with 'hiking' ad MORE (R-S.C.), Al LawsonAlfred (Al) James LawsonLawmakers trade barbs, torch Trump at DC soiree House Dem opposition mounts to budget deal Lawmakers put their beer brewing skills to test for charity MORE (D-Fla.) and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGiuliani: Trump asked White House lawyer to go to Russia briefings Top Intel Dems denounce presence of Trump lawyer at classified briefings White House lawyer’s presence at FBI meetings sets off alarm bells for Dems MORE (D-Calif.); Sens. 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Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellWATCH: Trump “spygate” is effort to “undermine a lawful investigation,” Dem Rep says What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California Washington governor to make Iowa debut MORE (D-Calif.) smiling during an animated chat with Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradySenate health committee to hold hearing on Trump drug pricing plan IRS to issue guidance on state efforts to circumvent tax-law provision Push for NAFTA deal continues as uncertainty increases MORE (R-Texas); Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenRising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race Progressive rise is good news for Sanders, Warren Juan Williams: Trump gives life to the left MORE (D-Mass.) talking with Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyMiddle class deserves affordable clean energy Budowsky: End the DNC malpractice Medicaid is crucial to seniors and awareness is crucial to the program's survival MORE III (D-Mass.).