The annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch at Capitol Hill won’t be attended by President Donald Trump because he is pouting about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
The House Speaker has hosted the event every year and presidents usually attend. In fact, the last president to not attend was former President George W. Bush, who was finalizing plans to invade Iraq in 2003.
Despite what you may think of the war in Iraq, preparing for war is a good excuse for the president to not attend the lunch. Trump has a pretty good excuse because of the coronavirus crisis. But he’s not using it.
Instead, he’s not going because Pelosi is going to be there, which is what a White House official told Politico while accusing her of sowing “discord and disunity.”
“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,” the official stated.
Trump to skip bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day lunch on the Hill. “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,” WH tells @playbookplus
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) March 8, 2020
“There has never been stronger support in the Congress & in the country for the U.S.- Ireland bilateral relationship,” an aide for Pelosi fired back in response. “One would think that the White House could set petty, partisan politics aside for this historic occasion.”
Twitter users called Trump out for being a whiny little baby.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 8, 2020
tRump refuses to attend the Annual Bipartisan St Patrick’s Day luncheon
blaming the host, @SpeakerPelosi, claiming SHE drives “disunity”
OR is it that she #ImpeachedTrump for life?
Either way, he is a coward#InternationalWomensDay #TrumpVirusCoverup https://t.co/41XrAQVCxp
— ?Sheryl Lynne ? #ImpeachedForLife (@shossy2) March 8, 2020
And everyone who IS attending the St. Patrick’s Day luncheon breathes a big sigh of relief. https://t.co/N3evqtTtjg
— DB (@DbDant) March 8, 2020
The Taoiseach of Ireland is traveling to the United States – as is tradition – to celebrate our strong bilateral relationship for St Patrick’s Day and Trump can’t be bothered to show up for lunch because of his insecurity when it comes to Nancy Pelosi… pic.twitter.com/8l7ddYRjuk
— Matt Corridoni (@mattcorridoni) March 8, 2020
You’re a fucking child! Wahhh, whahh, whahhh I’m not going to St Patrick’s Day luncheon because Nancy Pelosi scares me mommy!
— NBK (@NBK70867954) March 8, 2020
— Marcia Mason (@ieatchalk) March 9, 2020
The luncheon is the oldest bipartisan event in Washington DC, yet Trump is the only one who refuses to attend. It’s not only an insult to bipartisanship, but it’s also an insult to Ireland and all Irish-Americans.
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