A Democratic congresswoman from California has described how she attempted to snub President Donald Trump and talk only to Frist Lady Melania Trump at last year’s White House Congressional Ball. Representative Nanette Barragán, who twice voted to allow impeachment proceedings against Trump to proceed in the House of Representatives, said she actively tried to avoid even standing in the vicinity of the president at last year’s festivities.
“I asked if I could stand in front of Melania Trump instead of him,” she told Politico in a profile published Monday. Staff informed her that it was customary for members to stand next to the president, but Barragán swiftly exited the interaction. “I literally just shook his hand out of courtesy and immediately went to her, and I said, ‘Hi, how are you doing?’”
That Barragán should hold such antipathy toward Trump is far from surprising. The first-term Democrat is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and represents a majority-Latino district in Southern California. Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly railed against immigrants and pushed for the building of a wall along the entirety of the United States border with Mexico.
Barragán also got her start in politics working in the Bill Clinton administration in the office of Public Liaison.
Barragán was one of 66 Democrats to vote in favor of starting a debate on impeaching Trump following articles introduced by Texas Representative Al Green in January. But, while multiple impeachment articles have been filed, even Democratic leaders have yet to jump on board.
Trump will expect to receive a warmer reception from his guests when he hosts his first state dinner on Tuesday night. Trump, who became the first president in almost a century not to host a state visit during his first year in office, will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to the White House.
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