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Pelosi defends vacation, jabs at Trump: Maybe he doesn't realize Hawaii is in US

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.) defended her vacation to Hawaii during the government shutdown, taking a jab at 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 on the day she is set to be elected House Speaker. 

In an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on "Today," Pelosi said that maybe Trump “doesn’t realize” Hawaii is in the U.S. and that she would have been easily able to return to Washington if necessary.

“The president may not know this, but Hawaii is part of the United States of America; maybe he doesn’t realize that,” she said. “That’s why he said Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama chief economist responds to McConnell quoting him on Senate floor: He missed 'a critical part' Amazon reports .8B in weekend sales from independent businesses on its platform Ossoff features Obama in TV ad ahead of in Georgia run-off MORE wasn’t born in the United States when he was born in Hawaii.”

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“Hawaii has airports and airlines and telephones, so the communication is good,” she said.

Pelosi defended the trip, saying that she observed the Christmas holiday, and that the shutdown actually “cut in half” her time with family.

The House minority leader said that Democratic House leadership “stood ready” to give members 24 hours notice if they had to return to Washington for a vote on a spending bill.

Trump and Democrats have continually blamed each other for the shutdown, which started nearly two weeks ago over Trump’s demands for funding for a border wall.

Trump, who stayed in Washington over Christmas, criticized Democrats for vacationing during the shutdown, even though members of both parties left Washington for the holiday. Over the holiday, Trump tweeted that he was "all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal."

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE also took a jab directly at Pelosi's Hawaii trip, saying: "Less hula, more moola for the [Department of Homeland Security] and Customs and Border Patrol."

The new Congress will be sworn in on Thursday, handing power back to the Democrats, and negotiations are expected to continue over a bill to end the shutdown.