On Friday, President Donald Trump signed into law a massive $2.2 trillion economic relief bill related to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the signing ceremony, the president was joined by top Republican leaders from the House and Senate as well as top officials from his cabinet and the coronavirus task force. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was noticeably absent, The Hill reported.
Pelosi not invited to signing ceremony
The Hill’s report indicated that the Trump White House did not extend an invitation for Pelosi and other top Democrats to attend the ceremony, though Democrats were influential in the crafting and passage of the monumental legislative measure.
However, while Democrats were certainly involved in getting the bipartisan bill passed, they also were to blame — particularly Pelosi — for delays.
Recall last weekend when the Senate was on the verge of approving the relief package only for Pelosi to show up and make a bunch of partisan demands that forced several more days of negotiations.
While the Democrats’ partisan games during the bill negotiations may have factored into the signing ceremony snub, Trump and Pelosi’s long-running feud has been kicked up to a high level since at least last fall.
In fact, The Hill cited unnamed aides who said that the president and the speaker haven’t spoken directly to each other since October, when Pelosi and other Democrats stormed out of a White House meeting.
That, of course, was right smack in the middle of the Pelosi-approved House impeachment inquiry against President Trump. To say nothing of all of the other partisan investigations and constant obstructions of the Trump administration that have received Pelosi’s blessing.
Nor did things get any better between the two following the president’s acquittal by the Senate of the impeachment charges, as evidenced by Pelosi’s dramatic ripping of Trump’s State of the Union address in front of the packed chamber and national TV audience in February.
Still, President Trump offered up a bit of praise for the bipartisan effort that went into the relief package during his remarks at the signing ceremony on Friday.
“So, that’s fantastic,” he said of the unanimous Senate vote and the House’s voice vote for passage. “But I want to thank Republicans and Democrats for coming together, setting aside their differences, and putting America first.”
Being invited to White House signing ceremonies for big and important legislation — and this was the biggest and one of the most important pieces of legislation in U.S. history — is typically a highly-coveted honor for members of Congress. Pelosi must be furious.