Lara Trump says she admires Nancy Pelosi just hours after Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against her father-in-law

FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) listens during the Wall Street Journal, at the Newseum in Washington, U.S., December 9, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago

  • Lara Trump said she admires Democratic House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi just hours after House Democrats unveiled impeachment articles against her father in law President Donald Trump.
  • "Well, I think you do have to admire Nancy Pelosi. She's been in the game for a long time," Lara told Politico's Anita Kumar at the outlet's Women Rule event on Tuesday.
  • At a Monday morning press conference, Pelosi and five other top House Democrats announced they will draft articles of impeachment against Trump for abusing his office and obstructing Congress.
  • When asked if she was surprised by Lara expressing admiration for her also at Women Rule conference, Pelosi said, "Nothing surprises me. Surprise is not a word in my vocabulary. It's over there with 'hate.'"
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Lara Trump said she admires Democratic House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi just hours after House Democrats unveiled impeachment articles against her father in law President Donald Trump.

Lara, who is married to Trump's son Eric Trump and has prominently supported Trump on the campaign trail, said she respected Pelosi at Politico's Women Rule event on Tuesday, which the House Speaker also attended.

"Well, I think you do have to admire Nancy Pelosi. She's been in the game for a long time," Lara told Politico's Anita Kumar at the event.

Lara added she believes Pelosi has "tenacity" and "is willing to put down and throw down whenever she needs to," saying, "whether or not I agree with it, that's a different story. But you certainly can admire somebody for spending their life, you know, here in Washington, D.C., and trying to serve the country."

Throughout his presidency and especially as the House has ramped up the impeachment proceedings against him, Trump has railed against the Speaker, derisively nicknaming her "Nervous Nancy" and accusing her of being a "do-nothing Democrat."

When asked if she was surprised by Lara expressing admiration for her, Pelosi said, "Nothing surprises me. Surprise is not a word in my vocabulary. It's over there with 'hate.'"

Last week, Pelosi publicly blasted a reporter who asked if she hated Trump, saying, "As a Catholic, I resent your using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me. I don't hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time."

At a Monday morning press conference, Pelosi and five other top House Democrats announced they will draft articles of impeachment against Trump for abusing his office and obstructing Congress.

Lara and Eric Trump currently reside in Briarcliff Manor, New York, a wealthy suburb of New York City and the home of the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester. Eric currently serves as an executive vice-president of the Trump Organization along with his older brother, Donald Trump Jr.

In a 2018 interview with Westchester Magazine, Lara said that sometimes she and her family "pine for the old days" before her father-in-law became president, but she has embraced the newest family business of politics.

Last year, Lara left her job as an associate television producer at "Inside Edition" to join Trump's 2020 re-election campaign full time helping with Trump's outreach to women.

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