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Will Nancy Pelosi become the next Speaker of the House?

US Congressman Paul Ryan ( R-Wisconsin) receives the People's Gavel from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, after being elected Speaker of the House during the opening of the 115th US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 3, 2017. (ON/AFP/Getty Images)

After Democrats seized back control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections, speculation quickly turned to who would become the next Speaker of the House. It was a topic on President Trump’s mind early Wednesday morning when he tweeted about the California Democrat returning to the House Speaker role. “Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats,” Trump declared, adding, “She has earned this great honor!”

And Nancy Pelosi seems to agree. At a press conference on Wednesday, she told reporters she is the “best person” for the job. In fact, that’s hardly just bluster — Pelosi served as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011 during the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the Obama administration. She was the first women to ever be elected Speaker of the House.

During the press conference, Pelosi touched on her vision as House Speaker should she be elected to the position again, and how she would handle welcoming the new class of freshman members of the House.

Responding to a question from a reporter, Pelosi said, “Some people have said to me, ‘Now that we have more women coming in, will we have more emphasis on things like, child care and this or that?’ We have a big emphasis on that, and we need to make it stronger in the majority,” Pelosi said. “As important as that is — and it’s vitally important to women’s role in the workplace — I want women to not just be talking about those issues because we view every issue as a women’s issue. We believe the national security of our country is a women’s issue, the economic security of our country … issues that relate to energy and the rest, they’re women’s issues.”

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds up the Speaker’s gavel after being elected as the first woman Speaker during a swearing in ceremony for the 110th Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2007 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

To that end, Pelosi said she will encourage women who are new to Congress to obtain a security credential for one of the various House committees, which have historically been male-dominated, in the hopes that some new perspectives will complement those who have been running the show.

Trump, who has often railed against Pelosi and her “radical Democratic agenda” on Twitter, said Wednesday that he had a “very warm conversation” with the House minority leader. And he insisted that his tweet was not meant to be sarcastic in any way, Politico reported. “It was really meant with very good intentions,” he said.

Pelosi cautioned that Democrats were not elected to be a “rubber stamp” for Trump and that she plans for the House to be a “check and balance” on the president. Still, the 78-year-old left open the possibility of working with the president who has been so hard on her in the past. “We’d like to work together so our legislation will be bipartisan,” Pelosi said.

Despite her experience in the role, her ascent to a second House Speakership is far from certain. In fact a new crop of young Democrats pledged during their campaigns not to support Pelosi for Speaker of the House if Democrats re-took control of the House. What do you think? Trump has endorsed her. She has experience doing the job. Should she be the next House Speaker. Vote in our poll below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press and PBS Newshour and watch her full press conference here.

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