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

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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE predicted Saturday that Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCutting tariffs is better than cutting payroll taxes to boost the economy Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy In debate over internet speech law, pay attention to whose voices are ignored 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 FudgeHarris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge The Hill's Morning Report — DOJ's planned executions stir new debate Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? 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.