Democratic strategist: Trump-Pelosi feud 'eliminates impetus toward impeachment'

Democratic strategist Joe McLean said Friday that the feud between President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' MORE (D-Calif.) is taking the steam out of a push toward impeachment by some House Democrats.

“I think it actually eliminates a lot of the impetus toward impeachment,” McLean, who led former President Obama's Senate campaign in 2004, told Hill.TV during an appearance on “Rising.”

“In order to keep her people in line, she’s provoked him and kind of made fun of him and shown that she can win,” he said.

McLean added that the ongoing exchange shows that Pelosi’s strategy toward the president is working.

“She’s playing him like a cheap fiddle and it is so much fun to watch. And the beautiful thing is, she will never rise to his provocation,” McLean said. “She treats him like a three-year-old who stamps his foot and hold his breath until he turns red.”

Trump and Pelosi have been locked in a war of words the past few days.

The skirmish began on Wednesday and intensified the following day when Trump accused Democrats of pursuing “fake work” with their investigations into his administration, including probes related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia report.

“When the Democrats in Congress refinish, for the 5th time, their Fake work on their very disappointing Mueller Report finding, they will have the time to get the REAL work of the people done,” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning.

Pelosi hit back hours later, saying Trump was “crying out” for impeachment and conducting a “cover up.”

"There's no question: The White House is just crying out for impeachment,” she told reporters on Thursday. “That's why he flipped yesterday, because he was just hoping.”

—Tess Bonn