Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report

Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Lawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats House Republican: 'Absolutely bogus' for GOP to downplay Jan. 6 MORE (D-Calif.) was planning on retiring from public life until former President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE won the 2016 election, according to USA Today.

After three decades as a congresswoman from California, nearly half of that time as the leader of the House Democrats, Pelosi said she was getting ready to take a breath, dote on her nine grandchildren, perhaps write her memoirs,” Susan Page of USA Today writes in her upcoming book “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.”

The book consists of 10 interviews with Pelosi and 150 interviews from political friends and foes and family members close to her.


The book details Pelosi’s confidence that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE would win the 2016 election.

Pelosi’s plans were to retire from her long tenure in office after Clinton became president, as she would be confident her policies would be protected by the new commander in chief.

Pelosi told Page that the shock she felt when Trump won the presidency “was physical; it was actually physical." 

Even though she did have plans to retire if Clinton won, some of those closest to her doubted that she would go through with it. 

Pelosi was the highest-ranking woman the history of the U.S. government until Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border MORE was inaugurated as the vice president in January.

It is not clear if Pelosi has any plans to retire soon.