President Donald Trump on Thursday called Nancy Pelosi a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person” in response to the House speaker telling lawmakers she wanted Trump to go to prison.
“I think she's a disgrace. I don't think she's a talented person,” Trump said of Pelosi. “I've tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done. She's incapable of doing deals. She's a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”
POLITICO reported Wednesday that Pelosi said she wanted Trump to go to prison while pushing back on Democratic efforts to impeach the president, saying that she wants him defeated in 2020 and later charged for crimes.
Pelosi has frustrated some in her party for rebuffing calls for the president’s impeachment following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Pelosi’s allies have said impeachment would go nowhere with a Republican-controlled Senate.
“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, while Trump was in Europe.
Pelosi’s comments were made behind closed doors and revealed to POLITICO by people familiar with the meeting.
Trump laid into Pelosi during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham broadcast Thursday evening. He made the comments in France, again eschewing the tradition of leaving partisan politics on American shores. Trump himself expressed anger that Pelosi made her remarks while he was abroad.
Trump repeated a recently minted nickname for Pelosi — Nervous Nancy — and said she should divert her attention away from the president’s alleged misdeeds to her home district in San Francisco, which he said has “drugs and needles all over the place.”
“It’s the most disgusting thing what she’s allowed to happen to her district,” he said.
Pelosi declined to comment through a spokesman, citing her travel abroad marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Pelosi has a policy of not criticizing the president while overseas.