Pelosi: Focus on Trump’s agenda, not Stormy Daniels
Congress should focus on President Trump’s economic agenda, not his alleged affair with a porn star, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asserted Thursday.
“Let me just say that I’m more concerned about the president’s policies which undermine the financial security of America’s working families,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. “I don’t know that we necessarily have to get involved in any of that.”
The White House has been embroiled in a controversy surrounding the $130,000 payment Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, made to the adult-film star Stormy Daniels.
Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has said the payment was hush money to prevent her from talking publicly about a consensual affair she claims to have had with Trump in 2006, just after the birth of his youngest son. Trump has denied the affair.
Pelosi said Thursday that the episode has betrayed the Republicans’ double standard when it comes to issues of family values and expectations of presidential behavior. Republicans had assailed former President Clinton, for instance, over his affair with a young intern in the White House. But GOP leaders have been all but silent over Trump’s alleged fling with Daniels and previous charges of sexual assault.
“You can be sure if any of that were happening with [a] Democrat, the Republicans would be very involved in it,” she said.
“But our time should be spent making the future better for the American people and creating good-paying jobs,” Pelosi added. “We should be talking about a budget and … the future with an economy that works for everyone, and not worried about whatever category you want to place the president’s — the rumors about the president’s personal life.”
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