Pelosi reportedly interjects at WH dinner: ‘Do the women get to talk around here?’

Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was reportedly forced to interject over a loud conversation during a recent dinner with President Trump as Democratic leaders discussed making a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Washington Post reports that Pelosi, who was the only woman in attendance at the meeting between Trump, Cabinet officials and Democratic leaders on Wednesday, was trying to make a point when the men at the table began talking over her and over each other about how Trump would benefit from striking a deal with the Democrats.


“Do the women get to talk around here?” Pelosi asked, two sources familiar with the exchange told the Post, after which the room reportedly fell silent.

Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill shared that excerpt from the Post article on his Twitter on Thursday night.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had dinner with Trump on Wednesday in an attempt to reach a deal to turn the DACA protections into law.

After the dinner, the Democratic leaders released a statement saying they had agreed to work toward a deal to protect DACA recipients.

“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the president,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.”

But the White House disputed some details of the proposed deal. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said excluding the border wall “was certainly not agreed to.”

On Thursday, Trump said he was “fairly close” on a deal regarding DACA, saying the plan must include “massive border security” but that “the wall will come later.”

“We’re working on a plan — subject to getting massive border controls,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We’re working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen.”

The two Democratic leaders made another deal with Trump last week to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling through December while also providing relief for Hurricane Harvey.

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