Nov 17, 2018

Trump claims he can get Pelosi votes to become speaker

President Trump claimed he could get Nancy Pelosi "as many votes as she wants" to become speaker of the House in a Saturday morning tweet, later telling reporters outside of the White House that it wouldn't matter "if it's 50 or 10 or two or one."

"I can get Nancy Pelosi as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the House. She deserves this victory, she has earned it — but there are those in her party who are trying to take it away. She will win!"

The big picture: While more progressive members of the House Democratic caucus have long said they'd like to replace Pelosi, she remains the overwhelming frontrunner after no credible challenger has emerged. And, asked by reporters Friday if she'd need Republican votes to become speaker, she responded: "Oh please, no. Never. Never. Never."

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