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Pelosi Insists She Won't Step Down as Leader

24 Juin 2017

After Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last November to become the 45th President of the United States, it was only a matter of time before his transition team helped put together his cabinet and administration.

Trump's statement comes as some elected Democrats are urging a turnover, especially in the House, following Tuesday's bruising defeat in a Georgia special congressional election that Democrats had thought they would win. The contests to fill those open seats increased Republican margins in Congress, while disappointing Democrats who saw the special elections as an early test for the Trump presidency.

This should be seen as good news for the Republican ticket in Virginia.

Nonetheless, Republicans shouldn't get too cocky.

As Lachlan McIntosh, a Democratic strategist, told The Times: Democrats "can't ignore how very unpopular their leadership is with many voters".

The Twitter-verse isn't generally a friendly place, but the barrage of tweets following Republican Karen Handel's Tuesday victory in the much-watched Georgia congressional race were especially untoward - with much of the heat directed at conservatives.

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"She consistently polls very unfavorable [and] I think in this instance, it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", John Rogers, executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters on a post-election phone call. The House Minority Leader is feeling the pressure from all sides after Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in a special election in Georgia.

And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House past year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. But for now they said a different approach would rest on the party message - not Pelosi. "I certainly understand the attention from the press around the country".

Trump, who spoke to the network Thursday at the White House, touted the recent Republican victory in a Georgia special election.

She said the Democrats "gave them a run for their money in all of them".

"I was also influenced by a desire to resist Trump's plan to defer to Russian Federation and make America insecure", Rega Wood, a Stanford philosophy professor and Ossoff donor, said in an email to The College Fix.

Trump seems to enjoy the focus on Pelosi, taking another jab Friday after tweeting about her the day before.

Pelosi Insists She Won't Step Down as Leader