Pelosi's Comments About 'Five White Guys' Negotiating DACA Opening 'Hamburger Stand' Backfires

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"I would hope that with their big advantage of bringing money home at a very low rate that they would invest in infrastructure and things, but our experience has been that they will do dividends, do stock buybacks and things like that", she continued.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's comments related to tax savings have changed dramatically over the past seven years: She previously lavished praise on former President Barack Obama's $40 payroll tax cut, but now dismisses the $1,000 bonuses doled out by corporate America as a result of the recently signed GOP tax overhaul.

"The five white guys I call them, you know", Pelosi said, referring to five bipartisan lawmakers, including Hoyer, leading efforts to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But the other two, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of IL, are part of Pelosi's own party.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland blasted his colleague, labeling her remark as "offensive".

Hoyer, one of the Democrat white males Pelosi referred to, objected to her comment in a statement released afterward.


The "white guys" comment was quickly rebuked by Hoyer, who called it "offensive".

Pelosi's spokesman Drew Hammill sought to downplay the remarks, noting that it was not meant to be a criticism of members of her party.

Third, since when does the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have a veto on legislation that might be supported by a majority of her caucus - and if that's the case, shouldn't Pelosi have appointed someone from the CHC to run the Democratic side of the negotiations?

"The sensitivity even on the wording is really important [and] for people who are engaged in these issues to be there at the table". "It's not a question of who's there, but who's not there".

The comments have been eclipsed however after President Trump was forced to deny on Friday that he didn't want the USA receiving immigrants from "s***hole countries" in the Caribbean and Africa.

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