Lawmakers trade barbs, torch Trump at DC soiree
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Lawmakers — including Reps. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act Internal RNC poll shows Pelosi is more popular than Trump: report MORE (D-Calif.), Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel On The Money: Senate approves 4B spending bill | China imposes new tariffs on billion in US goods | Ross downplays new tariffs: 'Nobody's going to actually notice' MORE (R-La.) and Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenCook moves status of 6 House races as general election sprint begins The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal Trump's Puerto Rico tweets spark backlash MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsJudiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh Kavanaugh allegations could be monster storm brewing for midterm elections      Sunday shows preview: White House officials on offensive in wake of anonymous NY Times op-ed 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 TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 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 PenceIndiana sisters with history of opposing Pence donate millions to Dems Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law Overnight Defense: Trump marks 9/11 anniversary | Mattis says Assad 'has been warned' on chemical weapons | US identifies first remains of returned Korean war troops 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.

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