Donald Trump has attacked Nancy Pelosi for her Monday trip to a San Francisco hair salon, where she was pictured breaking her own rules and not wearing a face mask.
When the footage was leaked to Fox News, Pelosi said: ‘It was clearly a set up.’
On Saturday Trump, who has relished mocking the Democrat leader for being tricked, said it showed poor judgement and naivety.
‘Nancy Pelosi said she got “set up” by the owner (a very good one) of a beauty parlor,’ Trump tweeted. ‘If so, how will she do in negotiations against President Xi of China, President Putin of Russia, or Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
‘Not so well, I suspect, but far better than Joe Hiden’ (referencing the fact he claims Biden has been hiding during the election campaign) would do!’
Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the hairdresser on Monday has amused Donald Trump all week
Donald Trump on Saturday resumed his mockery of the House Speaker for her haircut
Erica Kious, the owner of the eSalon in San Francisco, insists she did not set the speaker up
Pelosi, the House speaker, insists that she was set up by the owner of the salon, Erica Kious.
Pelosi’s stylist rang Kious to ask if she could come into the empty salon, and Kious agreed. San Francisco beauty parlors were not supposed to open until September 1, the day after the speaker had her treatment.
Kious told Fox News: ‘[Pelosi] had called the stylist, or her assistant did, and had made the appointment so the appointment was already booked so there was no way I could have set that up.
‘And I’ve had a camera system in there for five years, I mean I didn’t go in there and turn cameras on as soon as she walked in and set her up so that’s absolutely false.’
Pelosi, 80, reacted with anger when the images were leaked, in what she saw as a bid to discredit her.
She said that she was owed an apology by Kious.
‘I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon I’ve been to over the years many times, and when they said we’re able to accommodate people, one person at a time, and that we can set up that time, I trusted that,’ she said.
‘As it turns out, it was a setup.
‘It was a set up, and I take responsibility for falling for a setup.’
She then strongly criticized Kious, owner of the eSalon.
‘I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting me up,’ she added.
And she said she wasn’t wearing a face mask because she just had her hair washed, asking the reporters questioning her if they wore a face mask when washing their hair.
‘I just had my hair washed. I don’t wear a mask when I’m washing my hair,’ she said.
‘Do you wear a mask when you’re washing your hair?
‘I always wear a mask. And that picture is when I just came out of the bowl.’
Jonathan DeNardo, the San Francisco beautician and stylist who did Pelosi’s hair before the city allowed salons to operate again, released a statement through his lawyer on Wednesday.
‘The fact that Ms Kious is now objecting to Speaker Pelosi’s presence at eSalon, and from a simple surface-level review of Ms Kious’ political leanings, it appears Ms Kious is furthering a set-up of Speaker Pelosi for her own vain aspirations,’ the statement read.
‘Ultimately, Ms Kious authorized Mr DeNardo to proceed with Speaker Pelosi’s appointment,’ it added.
The eSalon in San Francisco where the speaker had her hair washed and blown dry
A GoFundMe campaign set up to help the Kious raised more than $115,000 in 24 hours.
Kious said she has received death threats in the wake of exposing the House Speaker’s trip to her business on Monday.
After footage of the Democrat’s trip went viral a day later Kious told Tucker Carlson Wednesday that her business was ‘done’.
A fundraiser – set up by former Nevada State GOP chairman Amy Tarkanian – had raised $115,125 as of Thursday evening to help Kious ‘to pay off any debts from the business that she is forced to shut down, expenses to relocate and reopen in a new location’.
On Thursday a tearful Kious again denied setting up Pelosi, adding: ‘In fact, not only did I not set her up, her assertion that she is a victim and set up is totally false and outrageous.’
Throughout the whole saga, Trump has enjoyed attacking Pelosi.
On Wednesday, after the footage aired on Fox News, he tweeted: ‘Crazy Nancy Pelosi is being decimated for having a beauty parlor opened, when all others are closed, and for not wearing a Mask – despite constantly lecturing everyone else. We will almost certainly take back the House, and send Nancy packing!
‘The Beauty Parlor owner must really dislike Crazy Nancy Pelosi. Turning her in, on tape, is a really big deal. She probably treats him like she treats everyone else…’
A day later, he returned to the theme.
‘I want the salon owner to lead the House of Representatives,’ he told a cheering crowd in Pennsylvania.
‘She made a terrible mistake because you want people that can’t be set up.
‘She said “I was set up, I was set up by the salon owner, I was set up”.
‘I said “tell me she didn’t say that.”‘
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, then played the footage of Pelosi at the salon during a press briefing.