House Speaker spoke to reporters afterwards….
The first term House Rep. from Queens went out the side door…..
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was never “any hatchet” to bury with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, praising the high-profile freshman after the two met privately Friday to move past their feud that erupted earlier this month.
Pelosi went on to describe Ocasio-Cortez as “gracious” and downplayed the fight between the two as a family disagreement.
“I don’t think there ever was any hatchet. We’re in a political arena,” Pelosi told reporters in a press conference Friday. “In a family you have your differences but you’re still a family.”
Ocasio-Cortez was silent as she walked into the speaker’s office shortly before 8:30 a.m., and she quietly slipped out 30 minutes later, eluding reporters.
“I don’t think we have that many differences,” Pelosi said after the meeting as she rushed to the House floor to open the chamber for the day.
Pelosi said “no” when asked if she discussed Ocasio-Cortez’s comments from earlier this month suggesting the speaker was singling out congresswomen of color.
“I have meetings with members all the time…we covered a range of issues in our conversation particular to the congresswoman’s committees,” she said.
Allies for both lawmakers had sought to downplay expectations ahead of the meeting, which comes just as the House departs for a six-week recess. But the summit between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez has been the subject of much palace intrigue in the House over the last week.
The behind-closed-doors conversation came after a days-long spat between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez earlier this month that ignited when the speaker dismissed the influence the New York Democrat and her high-profile progressive freshman friends — known collectively as “the squad” — have in the House….