President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he hopes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stays as leader of the Democrats.
But the presidential tweet was not well-wishing. Rather, Trump said, “That would be very bad for the Republican Party” if Pelosi were forced out.
I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
Pelosi blew off Trump’s calls in a news conference later in the day.
“It’s not about me necessarily,” the California Democrat said. “He didn’t write that. That’s the first one I think he didn’t write. The Republicans gave him that.”
Trump’s tweet came amid criticism from some Democrats that Pelosi is becoming a drag on the party. Some have blamed the minority leader for a string of near-misses in House special elections, most recently Republican Karen Handel’s win over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia.
Asked Wednesday night on CNN if Pelosi was as toxic to Democrats as Trump, Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan said, “You know what? The honest answer is, in some areas of the country, yes, she is. That’s the honest answer.”
Trump said he hoped Pelosi and “Cryin’ Chuck stay,” referring to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.
The president’s sarcastic support for Pelosi came after he had ranted on his favorite social media platform about a familiar topic — the ongoing Russia investigation and what he views as the Democrats’ sour grapes about losing last year’s election.
In the first tweet, Trump said former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was “the latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump and Russia.”
Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
However, during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Johnson also said that “the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the purpose of influencing our election.”
Trump separately asked on Twitter why the Obama administration didn’t stop Russia from intervening in the election.
In another tweet, he questioned why the Democratic National Committee turned down the Homeland Security Department’s offer to protect it from hacks, before saying, “It’s all a big Dem HOAX.”
By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin. Why didn't they stop them?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
...Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election). It's all a big Dem HOAX!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
...Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn't? It's all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
Rema Rahman contributed to this report.