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 ClintonFederal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill Joe Biden's gamble with history Can America prevent a global warming cold war? 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.
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 ReidVoters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama Mellman: Are independents really so independent? MORE (D-Nev.).
While in Washington, he has plans to meet with Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony Renard FoxxBusiness, labor groups teaming in high-speed rail push Hillicon Valley: Uber, Lyft agree to take California labor win nationwide | Zoom to implement new security program along with FTC | Virgin Hyperloop completes first test ride with passengers Uber, Lyft eager to take California labor win nationwide 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 TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' 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.