Jun 12, 2019

Pelosi on Trump criticisms: My stock goes up every time he attacks me

President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) addressed President Trump's recent public criticisms of her for the first time, saying at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2019 Fiscal Summit, "My stock goes up every time he attacks me."

Details: Pelosi also said she's "done" talking about Trump, whom she called the "diverter of attention in chief" over his Mexico tariffs threat, which she said was a distraction from the Mueller report. Pelosi declined to confirm reports that she said she wants to see Trump in prison, not impeached. But she did say impeachment's "not off the table."

The big picture: Trump called Pelosi a "disgrace" and a "nasty, vindictive, horrible person" during a Fox News interview last week.

What they're saying: Reuters reported White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said at the conference later of Pelosi, "We’re not done with her. I doubt she’s done with us. We’ll see how long that holds up."

G0 deeper: Pelosi's Trump-like taunts are working

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O'Brien rejects intelligence report of Russia effort to re-elect Trump

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected on ABC's "This Week" an assessment from a congressional briefing led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help President Trump get re-elected.

Why it matters: The report put the Trump administration under fresh scrutiny in regard to steps it has been taking to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. encountered in 2016.

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Italy becomes site of largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures as it confirmed a spike from three to 132 cases in matter of days, making it the largest outbreak outside of Asia.

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Iranian state TV: Hardliners win landslide victory in low-turnout election

Photo: Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Iranian state TV announced Sunday that hardliners won a landslide victory in the country's parliamentary elections two days ago, including all 30 seats in Tehran, AP reports.

Why it matters: Voter turnout in the election only reached 42.57%, according to Iran's interior ministry, the first time turnout dipped below 50% since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The low turnout may signal dissatisfaction with the Iranian government and the election system.

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