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Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing

 

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE on Friday declined to invite Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Charles Booker launches exploratory committee to consider challenge to Rand Paul Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democrats to the White House ceremony where he signed the historic $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package passed earlier in the day by the House, aides said.

Friday’s snub marked just the latest twist in a long-running feud between the Republican president and the Democratic Speaker of the House.

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In fact, aides said, Trump and Pelosi have not spoken to each other since Oct. 16, when she and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTop academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' The first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally MORE (D-N.Y.) walked out of a heated meeting with Trump after he reportedly insulted her as a “third-rate politician.”

That means the nation’s two most powerful leaders have not been communicating directly during one of the greatest public health and economic crises in modern history. Instead, Trump empowered Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE and other top administration officials to negotiate with Pelosi and Schumer on the last two coronavirus packages — and any subsequent ones that might be needed. 

A White House official confirmed to The Hill that no Democrats were invited to the bill-signing event. But in the Oval Office ceremony, Trump — flanked by top Cabinet members, aides and GOP lawmakers — heaped praise on bipartisan negotiators.

"I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first,” Trump told reporters.

The Senate passed the mammoth coronavirus package on Wednesday on a 96-0 vote. The House followed suit on Friday, clearing the measure on a voice vote.  

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No Democrats attended the signing ceremony. Among the lawmakers in the room were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Senate GOP opens door to earmarks McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTop academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act Boehner: 'There's a lot of leaders in the Republican Party' Pelosi on whether Gaetz should resign: 'That's up to the Republicans to take responsibility for that' MORE (R-Calif.), as well as the GOP leaders of three key House committees: Texas Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyGOP lawmakers raise concerns about child tax credit expansion Republicans can't handle the truth about taxes Democrats see political winner in tax fight MORE of Ways and Means, Oregon Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenLobbying world Give Republicans the climate credit they deserve Fox hires former GOP lawmaker Greg Walden as political consultant MORE of Energy and Commerce, and Ohio Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Top GOP lawmaker touts 'more flexible' PPP loans in bipartisan proposal MORE of Small Business.

"It's a proud moment for all of us,” McConnell said at the ceremony.

Trump and Pelosi’s already chilly relationship took a turn for the worse in September, when Pelosi signed off on an impeachment investigation into the president after he pressured Ukraine to announce investigations that could have benefited him politically. The House voted to impeach Trump, but the GOP-controlled Senate acquitted him.

The pair last saw each other more than a month ago, on Feb. 4, when Trump traveled to the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union address on the House floor. Pelosi reached out to shake his hand before the speech, but Trump appeared to snub her offer. 

The fireworks happened later. As Trump wrapped up his speech, Pelosi — in plain view of the lawmakers and guests in the chamber, as well as the TV audience watching at home — stood and ripped a copy of his speech into pieces. 

“I have never seen a relationship between a sitting Speaker and a president this bad,” Rep. John ShimkusJohn Mondy ShimkusGrowing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE (R-Ill.) told The Hill that week.

Morgan Chalfant contributed.