WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he was declaring a national emergency wasn't received well by all Republicans, none more vocal than Ann Coulter.
The conservative commentator had for weeks been bashing Trump for what she said was him caving to Democrats over his demands for additional funding to construct a wall along the southern border, even calling him the "biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States".
On Friday, the bickering made its way into a nationally televised news conference where Trump announced his plans to use executive powers to declare a national emergency to free up billions in funds for the proposed wall.
"Ann Coulter. I don't know her. I hardly know her. I haven't spoken to her in way over a year but the press loves saying Ann Coulter, probably if I did speak to her, she would be very nice," Trump said, adding that she is "off the reservation."
Coulter fired back on Twitter, saying "He seems to think ‘the reservation’ is HIM, not his campaign promises" then in another post adding she wanted Trump's words "memorialized."
She said she did not want to leave the impression that she in any way influenced the White House. "Nor did I have any influence on the captain of the Titanic, the operators of the Hindenburg or the 9/11/2001 Terrorism Prevention Team," she wrote.
She then took it a leap further while appearing on KABC's Morning Drive radio show.
"The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot," Coulter said during the show. She added that she was grateful Trump distanced himself from her.
"Thank god he’s relieved me any responsibility for what he’s been doing," she said, adding "That was the biggest favor anyone could do for me."
Trump brought up Coulter during a rambling news conference where he touched on China, North Korea and some of his favorite Fox News hosts.
He was asked after his remarks if conservative media played into his decision making, to which Trump gave shoutouts to some of the big names he likes, including Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, radio host Rush Limbaugh then Coulter.
The president even pointed to coverage he enjoyed on CNN and MSNBC, who he normally rails against as "fake news."
After boasting about the conservative media personalities, Trump was pressed again over whether they affect his policy decisions. "They don't decide policy," Trump said in response.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ann Coulter after Trump's order: ‘The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot’