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Pelosi all smiles after meeting with Ocasio-Cortez

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had a good meeting on Friday with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman lawmaker who has seized the Democratic spotlight in clashes with her own party leaders, as well as President Donald Trump.

The two women conferred on Capitol Hill, at Ocasio-Cortez’s request, as congressional Democrats left Washington for a break of six weeks with an unclear outlook for their legislative agenda and many investigations of Trump.

Impeaching Trump remains high on the priority list for left-wing Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez. She did not speak to reporters after her meeting with Pelosi, who has worked to rein in demands for starting the process to remove Trump from office.

Pelosi told reporters after the meeting that it went “very well.”

Later, Pelosi tweeted that she and Ocasio-Cortez “sat down to discuss working together to meet the needs of our districts and our country, fairness in our economy and diversity in our country.”

Ocasio-Cortez had requested one-on-one time with Pelosi, the most powerful Democrat in the country, to discuss their relationship after weeks of party infighting over border aid legislation and other issues.

Earlier this month Pelosi appeared dismissive of the influence of Ocasio-Cortez and three other minority progressive congresswomen, known as “the squad,” in an interview with the New York Times. Ocasio-Cortez responded by telling the Washington Post that she thought Pelosi had been “disrespectful.”

Trump then attacked the minority lawmakers in tweets that the House of Representatives, under Pelosi’s leadership, afterward voted to condemn as racist.

While Trump’s attack was seen by some as an attempt to divide Democrats, it gave Pelosi a chance to come to the squad’s defense and reset her relationship with the lawmakers as the 2020 congressional and presidential elections approach.

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