President Trump has flatly rejected an invitation from Nancy Pelosi to attend the annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the U.S. Capitol. Trump rejected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) invite saying “she has torn this nation apart.”
Pelosi and her team fired back adding fuel to the feud – look we are going to need to put petty politics behind us and all come together to fix the coronavirus emergency because it sure looks like we will have one and soon.
From The Daily Wire:
“Since the Speaker has chosen to tear this Nation apart with her actions and her rhetoric, the president will not participate in moments where she so often chooses to drive discord and disunity, and will instead celebrate the rich history and strong ties between the United States and Ireland at the White House on March 12,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told Politico.
“This is the first time a president has skipped the lunch since 2003, when George W. Bush sat it out days before the United States invaded Iraq,” the political website said.
The annual Capitol luncheon began in 1983, when then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill (D-MA), a Democrat, had Republican President Ronald Reagan to the Capitol for the lunch. Presidents have missed the lunch only four times since then. The luncheon – formally called the Friends of Ireland Luncheon – is hosted by the Speaker of the House, who is Pelosi. It honors the taoiseach of Ireland, who travels to Washington, D.C., each year in a visit that culminates with the Irish leader giving the U.S. president a bowl of shamrocks.
Pelosi’s team fired back at Trump’s rejection of the invite.
“There has never been stronger support in the Congress and in the country for the U.S.-Ireland bilateral relationship,” Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill told Politico. “One would think that the White House could set petty, partisan politics aside for this historic occasion.”