Washington (CNN) – The president of the United States, Donald Trump, continues to bite the hook of Nancy Pelosi.
The president of the House of Representatives has spent the last two days provoking Trump, questioning his self-confidence, counting in a condescending way that she prays for him and suggesting a "family intervention."
The president's impromptu and unbridled response on Thursday suggests that, so far, Pelosi is winning in the clash of huge consequences between the two most important political forces in Washington.RELATED
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It is not often that Trump, the man who dismembered the most talented Republican camp in years in the 2016 primaries, seems to be battling for the position of strength in a face-to-face political combat.
But Pelosi is putting Trump's own arsenal against him, using the policy of mockery and provocation to leave him for once, out of balance and forced to respond to a more agile rival.
And Trump's increasingly livid reactions are helping Pelosi out of a delicate political moment.
This week began with Beltway's narrative that he was under increasing pressure from a Democratic group impatient for his reluctance to open a political trial investigation against Trump.
Now, his attacks and several useful victories in court while the Democrats seek Trump's financial records are unifying his coalition and even validating his warning that Trump wants a political trial to qualify his party as extreme and exaggerated.
The Trump vs. Pelosi show is becoming an intriguing daily political game. But the consequences are not trivial: after the 2020 elections it is likely that only one of the two rivals remains.
On Thursday, in his second eruption against Pelosi in the same number of days, Trump demonstrated how much she bothers him.
He described the highest ranking woman in the history of American politics as "disorder" and called her "crazy." On another rant, he questioned whether she was smart enough to read a bill, despite the fact that the president of the chamber has proven to be a very intelligent and enthusiastic legislator.
“I have been watching it for a long period of time. She is not the same person. It has been lost, ”Trump told reporters, in a detour out of the script during an event at the White House to highlight new measures to help American farmers suffering from their trade war with China.
Pelosi is using a playbook designed specifically for Trump because it hits him where it hurts most, points to his ego, his courage, his manhood and his sensitivity to his fortune.
She asked if her rejection of an infrastructure agreement could be attributed to "a lack of confidence in her parts."
Pelosi went after Trump's rough-type image, speculating that his obsession with an extremely long border wall was "like some manhood for him, as if he could ever be associated with him with manhood." And he mocked Trump's inherited wealth: federal employees can't "just ask their father for more money," he said, during the government shutdown earlier this year.
The resident's counterattack came a day after he left a meeting with Pelosi and other Democrats in Congress, after she accused him of orchestrating a "cover-up."
Trump has suspended all cooperation with the House of Representatives Democrats until they withdraw their multiple investigations into his campaign, his presidency and his financial affairs.
Advisers told CNN that Trump was especially angry at the chamber president's comment that he had a "tantrum" and media perceptions that his temper got out of control at his Wednesday meeting.
His anger prompted him to perform a profoundly strange and un-presidential show in the Roosevelt Hall of the White House, demanding the testimony of his advisors about his temper.
"You were very calm," said Trump's assistant principal Kellyanne Conway.
The president, again enraged at not being understood, argued that he had been consistent on many political issues throughout his life: "I am an extremely stable genius."
It was not long for Pelosi to respond.
"When the extremadamente extremely stable genius’ begins to act more presidentially, I will be happy to work with him on infrastructure, commerce and other issues, "Pelosi wrote on Twitter.
This war of insults between a president of the chamber and a president is unworthy. It is possible that voters who are already disgusted with Washington are even more disappointed.
On Thursday, Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana pleaded with both parties to talk to each other instead of acting as "8-year-old children during a fight in the back of a van."
Trump supporters, who embrace his unorthodox style, simple and combative language, will not be disturbed by his antics. And Beltway's confrontations often qualify differently outside of Washington. Trump also has a history of confusing the wisdom of political experts.
Can there be a winner?
A source told Gloria Borger of CNN on Thursday that the president is happy with the way the latest political skirmishes are developing, believing he has "the Democrats in a box." Trump believes that the extensive list of presidential Democratic candidates and public fatigue with Russia's investigation help him, although he is frustrated by Democratic investigations into his family finances.
“His mood is bold. He believes he is putting them right on the ropes, ”said the source.
But Trump may have more risk than Pelosi. Not all Americans want to see their president rant from behind a podium. And, as much as the Republican Party tries to make it the face of the Democratic Party, Pelosi will not be in the presidential formula.
Trump already came second in a confrontation with Pelosi, at the close of the government at the end of the year, which showed how presidents are more exposed in such situations and can often take the blame.
A prolonged duel between the White House and the House of Representatives could be bad news for both parties. Each side wants actions in infrastructure, prescription drug prices and other priorities.
But Pelosi has passed more than 250 pieces of legislation since January, including some important bills, many of which are stuck in the Senate of the Republican Party. Measures on climate change, medical care, arms reform and ethics are not a bad reward for liberal voters.
Trump, meanwhile, is eager to have his replacement of the NAFTA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada ratified to reinforce his idea that he is a president who fixes things. But he needs Pelosi's help.
And history suggests that any major economic crisis caused by the failure of the talks on the budget and the increase in the debt ceiling would pose more danger to the president than to the Democrats.
The events of the last two days saw Pelosi rise from a complicated seat and force Trump to be in a more difficult position.
With Democrats in the House of Representatives enraged by the government's policy of not cooperating in general with their oversight efforts, a growing minority of lawmakers have been calling for political judgment.
"The fact is that when you have a Constitution and a rule of law, and it is destroyed in a way like a rash mobster, you must act," Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, told Poppy Harlow of CNN on Thursday.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders focused on that sentiment Thursday.
"The problem with Nancy Pelosi is that she totally lost control of her party," Sanders told CNN's "New Day."
"She has the extreme left that tells her what to do, maybe some of the moderates who really want to do something and she lost control, and at some point she has to make a decision about which direction she will take."
Sanders' efforts were soon undermined by the president's fireworks. His attitude has allowed Pelosi to relieve the pressure, arguing that despite what may be offenses subject to political trial, Democrats should not fall into the hands of the president.
“There is no doubt, the White House is begging for a political trial. That's why he turned over yesterday. Everyone has a story that is not real. I mean, they want to believe that there is all this discomfort in our caucus. That is simply not the truth, ”Pelosi said Thursday.
Later Trump was asked directly if he wanted to be taken to political trial.
"I don't think anyone wants to be taken to political trial," he replied, but then cited the polls, which Pelosi can also read, which show that most Americans oppose such a divisive step.
"I don't think the American people are going to accept it," Trump said, in a hint of the broader argument he would make to the public if the House Democrats opened an investigation of political trial.
The fight between Pelosi and Trump remains fluid. There is no guarantee that she will maintain her current advantage. And one thing is for sure, Trump will never back down.
But it is clear that the White House needs a more effective strategy to deal with a chamber president who has already exploited her power to return the White House to the Democrats in 2008.
Gloria Borger and Dana Bash of CNN contributed to this report.