President Donald Trump called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "nasty, vindictive, horrible person" after reports leaked that she told her caucus she didn't want to impeach the president, but rather "see him in prison."
"I think she's a disgrace. I actually don't think she's a talented person," the president said. "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."
The reports say Pelosi, a California Democrat, told congressional colleagues tasked with investigating the president's business and finances, among other inquiries, that “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison." Pelosi has tried to stave off calls from Democrats to begin an impeachment inquiry against Trump.
When reached by USA TODAY, Ashley Etienne, a Pelosi spokesperson, would not confirm or deny the remarks but said in a statement that "Speaker Pelosi and the Chairs had a productive meeting about the state of play with the Mueller report. They agreed to keep all options on the table and continue to move forward with an aggressive hearing and legislative strategy, as early as next week, to address the president’s corruption and abuses of power uncovered in the report.”
Trump also slammed Pelosi's San Francisco district.
"It's the most disgusting thing what she's allowed to happen to her district, with needles, with drug addicts with people living in the middle of the streets, with people living in the sidewalks," he said. "She ought to focus on that because she's a disaster."
Pelosi, who also attended the ceremony in Normandy, refused to get drawn in, telling reporters: “I don’t talk about the president while I’m out of the country. That’s my principle."
Contributing: Nicholas Wu
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