House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made fun of President Donald Trump after he attacked former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s credibility, as well as that of the whistleblower during testimony, warning him that his move is directly challenging her leadership.
According to Newsweek, Pelosi said that the President, as well as anyone else in Capitol Hill, knows that Trump’s words have huge repercussions, adding that “he should not frivolously throw out insults, but that’s what he does.”
The House speaker appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” where she said that Trump’s actions as president are “much worse” than former President Richard Nixon’s.
She defended the impeachment process and warned Trump against trying to intimidate or harass the currently anonymous Ukraine whistleblower.
“I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower,” Pelosi said in an interview with “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan, which aired Sunday morning. “I told the President you’re in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower.”
Pelosi continued and said that Trump’s remarks for the former U.S. ambassador were insulting but were said out of “his own insecurity as an imposter” in the White House.
When asked specifically of Trump’s widely criticized comments about Yovanovitch during live public testimony this week, Pelosi challenged the President’s own ability to even be in the White House. Trump claimed “everywhere [Yovanovitch] went turned bad.” Republicans, including former Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr, chastised Trump for the live mockery.
“He knows, well, he made a mistake and he knows her strength and he was trying to undermine it,” Pelosi replied. “Of course presidents appoint ambassadors but people don’t insult people especially when they’re giving testimony before the Congress of the United States…I think part of it is his own insecurity as an imposter…he knows full well he’s in that office way over his head. And so he has to diminish everyone else.”