House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made an appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, and she didn't hold back on her criticism of President Trump's decisions the previous week.
"This week, the week of Friday the 13th is the week that President Trump went rogue," she told host George Stephanopolous in her one-on-one interview.
"He went rogue on women's health, in particular, the Affordable Care Act, the Iran decision that he made, and he continues his war on the middle class with his unfair tax plan," she continued. "So many things that are not based on evidence. And that's problematic."
Earlier in the week, Trump did away with the Obamacare mandate that required employers to provide birth control coverage for their employees, instead issuing a new rule that allows employers to cite religious or moral objections to covering contraceptive measures.
This coincided with an executive order on healthcare that Trump signed on Thursday, the effects of which could be disastrous for low-income families and individuals with preexisting conditions.
"It’s going to hurt kids. It’s going to hurt families. It’s going to hurt individuals. It’s going to hurt people with mental health issues. It’s going to hurt veterans," Pelosi warned. "It’s going to hurt everybody."
Trump also expressed his desire to withdraw the U.S. from the deal the Obama administration made with Iran regarding nuclear weapons, as he felt the U.S. was taken advantage of during negotiations. While he didn't want to pull the plug himself, he punted it to Congress to sort out.
And finally, Trump released a tax plan that he and his fellow Republicans all boasted would help the middle class by providing much-needed tax breaks. The tax plan has been widely panned by Democrats for being mostly beneficial to the wealthiest of Americans.
When asked about whether Pelosi would use shutting down the government as a bargaining chip, she said, "It's a negotiation, it's not a price you demand." But she made it clear that it isn't the desirable path for Democrats. "We are not about closing down the government," Pelosi assured. "The Republicans have the majority, they have the signature of the president. It's up to them to keep the government open. We don't go down that path."
As for the future of the leadership within the Democratic party, Pelosi agreed with Rep. Linda Sanchez's recent assertion that it's "time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders." But she isn't going anywhere until she protects what she believes is at stake with the Trump presidency in charge: the Affordable Care Act. "That's my fight, that's my mission," she asserted. But she also wants to see women have a seat at the "leadership table," so she's not going away anytime soon.
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