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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 19:20

Democrats still grappling with how to navigate the new normal of a Trump news cycle

Written by  Paul Kane

About 11 a.m. Wednesday, just as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a half-dozen Democrats were trying to talk about manufacturing jobs, President-elect Donald Trump began his news conference to discuss how he plans to disentangle himself from his global business empire.

Just past noon, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) went to the Senate floor to blast ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson’s answers at the confirmation hearing for the secretary of state nominee. That was about the moment news coverage was fixated on Trump’s bitter exchange with a CNN reporter.

Democrats say they have plans to adapt to the new normal of Washington — a normal in which Trump news trumps just about anything. On Wednesday, they struggled to do so.

Pelosi seemed disappointed, and even surprised, by the last question that came her way.

“I wanted to talk about jobs, jobs, jobs,” she told reporters.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (Cliff Owen/AP)

Instead, she was asked about Trump, Trump, Trump — and she couldn’t resist talking about the latest scandal involving the incoming president.

In almost any other political orbit, Wednesday would have been a great day for Democrats. Republican nominees to be secretary of state and attorney general were under fire, other Cabinet nominees’ hearings were delayed and no one could explain when exactly the Republican-controlled Congress or incoming administration would repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act.

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