Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a fiery response when asked Thursday night whether he would consider running for president in 2020. 

The former White House chief of staff to President Obama and senior adviser to President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonElection Countdown: Abrams ends fight in Georgia governor's race | Latest on Florida recount | Booker, Harris head to campaign in Mississippi Senate runoff | Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority As Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural GOP chairman plans to subpoena Comey, Lynch to testify before next Congress MORE flipped off consultant Neil Hare — twice — after being posed the question at BLT Steak, prompting laughter from others at the bar.

Emanuel, famed for his coarse language and caustic retorts, was hanging out at the restaurant located blocks from the White House during a swing through Washington this week.

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But the mayor isn't shy when it comes to how he feels about being asked about potential presidential ambitions. 

“She’s a reporter,” someone at BLT said after the Chicago mayor gave Hare the bird, referring to your ITK writer.

“I don’t give a f--- who she is,” Emanuel shot back.

Earlier in the day, Emanuel — also a former congressman and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus — attended the portrait unveiling for outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNevada New Members 2019 Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Cortez Masto poised to become DSCC chair MORE (D-Nev.).

While in Washington, he has plans to meet with Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony Renard FoxxHillicon Valley: Exclusive: Audit cleared Google's privacy practices despite security flaw | US weapon systems vulnerable to cyber attacks | Russian troll farm victim of arson attack | US telecom company finds 'manipulated' hardware Lyft taps former Obama administration official to lead its policy team Georgia Power says electricity at Atlanta airport will likely be restored by midnight MORE to lobby for more federal assistance for Chicago, the mayor’s office told the Chicago Sun-Times, and he’ll also be stopping by the White House Office of Management and Budget. 

His calendar also includes speaking at a Brookings Institution forum Friday about the role of cities on the front lines of economic and policy battles.

Emanuel recently visited New York, where he said he had a “frank, honest, open and direct” conversation with President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' MORE about a range of issues.

He urged the president-elect not to go through with his pledge to reverse an Obama-era executive action that protects young people brought to the country illegally as children from deportation.