President Donald Trump on Wednesday said in a press conference in the Rose Garden that he told top Democrats he wouldn’t strike an infrastructure deal while Congress was investigating his administration.
That prompted U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to write her caucus a letter, which was released to the media, in which she said the president “threw a temper tantrum for us all to see.”
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) was interviewed about the spat on CNN later on Wednesday and said she could think of one reason why Trump has particular trouble dealing with Pelosi.
CNN host Anderson Cooper asked Stabenow: “Do you think there’s something specifically about Speaker Pelosi that gets under the president’s skin? Because it seems that he has a different reaction to her than he does to, like, Sen. [Chuck] Schumer.”
Stabenow responded of Pelosi: “She’s an incredibly smart woman and she’s tough. She will work with him, but she’s very savvy and I don’t think he does well with strong, smart women.”
Michigan’s senior senator then laughed.