Pelosi fundraising off White House meeting with Trump: 'Never in my life have I backed down from a fight'

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday sent out a fundraising email for the Democratic Party in the wake of her and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) stunning meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE in the Oval Office Tuesday. 

“Never in my life have I backed down from a fight,” Pelosi, likely the next Speaker of the House, wrote. “Which is why, after President Trump just: threatened to shut down the government over his immoral border wall; tried to blame a shutdown on our Democrats; and continues to mislead the American people, I’m fighting back with a vengeance — and personally triple-matching all Democratic Membership renewals until midnight to make sure we stop him and his Republicans’ disastrous shutdown.” 


Pelosi and Schumer arrived at the White House Tuesday to discuss government funding, but the televised meeting quickly devolved into a chaotic debate over Trump’s border wall and his $5 billion demand to fund it.

“We are here to have a conversation,” Pelosi said while gesturing to the cameras. “So I don’t think we should have a debate in front of the press on this.” 

Pelosi appeared to exasperate Trump when she mentioned the Democrats’ 40 pickups in the House and said a partial government shutdown would be a “Trump shutdown,” to which Trump responded by listing Republican gains in the Senate and claiming that “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now,” referring to her speakership bid.

“Mr. President, please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory,” Pelosi shot back in a quote that has since gone viral. 

The two sides have still not come to an agreement over border wall funding or a larger government spending bill. 

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” Trump told Schumer at the meeting. “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.”

Pelosi said in her email she’s received membership renewals from 62,748 Democrats so far.