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Trump predicts Pelosi will be Speaker: ‘She deserves this’

Trump predicts Pelosi will be Speaker: ‘She deserves this’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE predicted Saturday that Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Houston will send residents checks of up to ,200 for pandemic relief MORE (D-Calif.) would be elected again as Speaker, saying she "deserves" the position.

"I can get Nancy Pelosi as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the House. She deserves this victory, she has earned it - but there are those in her party who are trying to take it away. She will win!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's comments come as Pelosi works to lock down the necessary support to take the Speaker's gavel when Democrats take over control of the House in January.
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Pelosi is facing a potential challenge from Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeDangerously fast slaughter speeds are putting animals, people at greater risk during COVID-19 crisis Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Kerry says Paris climate deal alone 'is not enough' | EPA halts planned Taiwan trip for Wheeler| EPA sued over rule extending life of toxic coal ash ponds MORE (D-Ohio), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus who has joined other Pelosi critics in arguing that midterm voters sent a message of change for Washington that includes overhauling the party's leadership team.
 
Fudge and Pelosi met on Friday in the Capitol for a "candid" discussion, with the Ohio Democrat saying afterward that she would decide on whether to launch a challenge to Pelosi after Thanksgiving.
 
Meanwhile, Pelosi's supporters have launched a major lobbying campaign to clamp down on the insurgency and pave her path back to the Speaker's office, a position she held from 2007 to 2011 as the first female Speaker in U.S. history.
 
More than 60 incumbent and incoming Democratic women have rallied behind Pelosi by signing on to a letter pledging to support her in a private ballot within the Democratic caucus later this month as well as in a floor vote early next year.
 
Trump and Pelosi, currently the House minority leader, have worked together along with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: COVID-19 relief will be added to omnibus spending package Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) in Trump's first two years, including on deals to fund the government, with Trump referring to the pair as "Chuck and Nancy."
 
It's unlikely that Republicans will actually back Pelosi for Speaker, whom they portrayed as a bogeyman during the midterm elections this year, though Trump's tone regarding the longtime Democratic leader has shifted from before the election.
 
The president's comments Saturday echoed a tweet he sent earlier this month, in which he said that Pelosi "deserves" to be elected Speaker.

"If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!" Trump tweeted on Nov. 7.