President Trump on Thursday escalated his attacks on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by questioning her mental stability and arguing that she does not understand his revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Trump fired back at Pelosi hours after she questioned his fitness for office, accusing her of making “a nasty-type statement” by saying he needs a family or staff “intervention” for the good of the country.
“I have been watching her for a long period of time. She’s not the same person. She’s lost it,” Trump said during an event announcing a $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by his trade war with China, which turned into an impromptu news conference.
The vitriolic back-and-forth came one day after infrastructure talks at the White House collapsed when Trump lashed out at top Democrats over their sweeping investigations into his administration, campaign and businesses, which raised serious doubts about whether the two sides can work together on major legislation.
The tenor of the Trump-Pelosi feud turned personal, with the president vehemently denying he was rude during Wednesday’s ill-fated meeting at the White House. Trump compared his behavior to “Crazy Nancy,” who had accused him of throwing a “temper tantrum.”
Trump said during the meeting it was “sad” to watch “the movement and the hands and the craziness.”
“That’s, by the way, a person that’s got some problems,” he said.
“I've seen both. And this was not angry and ranting,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabe Sanders said, prompting laughter in the room.
The president later called himself “an extremely stable genius” who is focused on advancing his agenda, while “do-nothing” Democrats are consumed with investigations.
“When the ‘extremely stable genius’ starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructur..