If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him, per Sun Tzu and Tony Soprano:
A day after President Trump had what she described as a “temper tantrum” in a White House meeting on infrastructure that lasted less than five minutes, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on his aides to step in.
“I pray for him. I wish his family or his administration staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill. “Maybe he wants to take a leave of absence.”
Pelosi suggested Trump abruptly left the meeting because he was “ill prepared” to strike a deal with Democrats on infrastructure.
“He pulled a stunt,” Pelosi said. “He’s a master of distraction.”
The House speaker also suggested Trump was disappointed that she has resisted calls from some members of her caucus to pursue impeachment. Pelosi appeared to endorse the theory that Trump is trying to trap House Democrats by goading them into bringing impeachment charges, expecting to be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate. This would allow him to claim vindication heading into his reelection.
“The House Democratic caucus is not on the path to impeachment,” Pelosi said. “That’s where he wants us to be.”
But Pelosi also made clear that Trump’s conduct could lead the House down that path, eventually.
“The president’s behavior in terms of his obstruction of justice, the things that he is doing, it’s very clear — it’s in plain sight,” she said. “It cannot be denied. Ignoring subpoenas. Obstruction of justice. Yes, these could be impeachable offenses.”
She added: “We can walk and chew gum at the same time. I hope he can too.”
Grab ’em by the ego.