Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib had different reactions to a question about Nancy Pelosi

US Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN)(L), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (2R), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
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In their first interview since President Trump's racist "go back" tweets, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), spoke with CBS' Gayle King about the president's attacks. They also discussed their reported feud with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), which was sparked by a voting split on a border funding bill.

King asked Ocasio-Cortez if she would be willing to sit down with Pelosi "face-to-face" to air out their differences and find a resolution. That's when Tlaib cut in and let Pelosi have it.

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Ocasio-Cortez, though, appeared to take a more conciliatory tone, saying she would "absolutely" meet with Pelosi. She also said that there is no "fundamental fracture" between the speaker and the four congresswomen known as "the Squad," despite the fact that they disagree "from time to time." Omar agreed with that sentiment, The Washington Post reports.

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Ocasio-Cortez has criticized Pelosi in the past, particularly for the "singling out of newly elected women of color," but she attempted to clarify those frustrations in the CBS interview. "I did not say she was disrespectful of women of color," Ocasio-Cortez said. "I found some of the comments disrespectful, and that was my personal opinion. And I did feel that singling out on the basis of one vote was creating an opening." But she reiterated that not always seeing eye-to-eye is not akin to "fundamentally" disrespecting each other.

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Tim O'Donnell

Tim is a staff writer at The Week and has contributed to Bedford and Bowery and The New York Transatlantic. He is a graduate of Occidental College and NYU's journalism school. Tim enjoys writing about baseball, Europe, and extinct megafauna. He lives in New York City.