President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview that aired Thursday night as “a nasty, vindictive, horrible person” in his first public comments since reports that she told colleagues she would like to see him in prison rather than impeached.
“I think she’s a disgrace,” Trump said on Fox News. “I actually don’t think she’s a talented person. 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 interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham was conducted at the site of a solemn ceremony in France commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Against the backdrop of a cemetery where nearly 10,000 American war dead are buried, Trump also called Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a “jerk” and former special counsel Robert Mueller a “fool.”
Trump’s tirade about Pelosi, D-Calif., came in response to a question about comments she made during a meeting Tuesday night with five of her committee chairmen. Trying to tamp down impeachment talk about Trump, Pelosi said she would rather “see him in prison” after leaving office, according to two Democratic officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations.
Calls for impeachment have been growing among Democrats, who have seized on episodes of possible obstruction of justice by Trump detailed in Mueller’s report about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump, who until recently had largely avoided criticizing Pelosi, called her “Nervous Nancy” in the interview with Ingraham.
“Nancy Pelosi’s a disaster,” he said. “OK, she’s a disaster.”
Trump went on to say that Pelosi should be focused on the conditions of her home city of San Francisco.
“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 streets, with people living on the sidewalk,” he said.
The interview was recorded before Thursday morning’s ceremony in France that paid tribute to troops who stormed Normandy’s beaches 75 years ago in an invasion of Nazi-occupied France that helped turn the tide of World War II. The interview aired in full on Thursday night.
Pelosi, who attended the ceremony, declined to respond to an excerpt in which Trump branded her “a disaster.” During a brief interview, she said she would rather not criticize Trump while she is out of the country, according to a tweet by a CNN correspondent.
Trump mentioned Schumer as he voiced frustration in the interview about undocumented immigrants coming into the United States through Mexico. The president contended, as he frequently does, that Congress is not willing to help him address the problem.
“We have crying Chuck Schumer, who’s a disaster by the way,” Trump said. “He’s a total political, you know, jerk.”
Trump said that Mueller had made “such a fool out of himself” last week when he delivered a public statement regarding his investigation.
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