House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly questioned President Trump’s “manhood” in a series of pointed closed-door comments with fellow Democrats on Tuesday, following her on-camera sparring with the president over border wall funding.
According to the Associated Press, Pelosi, D-Calif., spoke of Trump’s insistence that a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will be funded and said, "It's like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing."
She reportedly continued, "It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you."
Pelosi, according to the AP, made the comments to Democratic lawmakers at the Capitol following her meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and the president.
During that meeting, Trump threatened again to shut down part of the government next week if Democrats did not agree to fund his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Congress last week temporarily averted a partial shutdown amid the funeral services for the late President George H.W. Bush, pushing the new deadline to Dec. 21. However, border wall funding remains the sticking point as Trump and congressional leaders try to hammer out a government spending package. Trump has said he wants $5 billion for the project, while Democrats are offering $1.3 billion for border security.
Pelosi has said she and many other Democrats have considered the wall "immoral, ineffective and expensive."
After Tuesday’s Oval Office meeting, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said “major disagreement remains on the issue of border security and transparency.
“Walls work – where walls have been built, illegal crossings have dropped substantially,” Sanders said. “President Trump made clear that any government funding measure must include responsible border security, including a wall, to protect the American people from drugs, crime, terrorism, public health threats, and the severe straining of the social safety net.”
Fox News’ Judson Berger and The Associated Press contributed to this report.