Pelosi: I’m here as long as Trump is here

Pelosi: I’m here as long as Trump is here
© Greg Nash

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) told CNN in an interview set to air Monday that she plans to remain in her role as long as President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE is in office. 

“People like to get started on what they think comes next,” Pelosi said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. “And that’s up to the caucus to decide. But I feel very comfortable with the support that I have in the caucus and that I will be the Speaker of the House.” 

Pelosi is one of three House Democratic leaders who have been atop the caucus for more than a decade, a fact that has led some Democrats to call for change. 


More than 50 Democrats on the ballot in November have said they won't back Pelosi as Speaker if the party retakes the chamber, NBC News reported last month. Nine of those Democrats are incumbents, including Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), who in 2016 lost in a challenge to Pelosi to lead Democrats in the House. 

Dozens of other Democrats have declined to say one way or another whether they will support Pelosi.

Pelosi told Amanpour that she “would have been happy to go my way” if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE had won the 2016 presidential election and the Affordable Care Act was protected.

“We didn’t know who would come forward, but that’s up to caucus. They give me the honor of serving and it’s up to them to choose who comes next," she said. "But to have no woman at the table and to have the Affordable Care Act at risk, I said, ‘As long as he’s here, I’m here.’ ” 

Pelosi also told CNN that the Democrats “would win overwhelmingly and women would lead the way” if the midterm elections were held today.

"We have so many excellent women candidates from women across the country,” she said. “Women marched and then they ran, and now they're running and now they're going to be members of Congress."