Pelosi introduces world to new idiom: 'Tinkle contest with a skunk'

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill No signs of breakthrough for stalemated coronavirus talks Governors air frustrations with Trump on unemployment plans MORE (D-Calif.) is getting attention for her remarks about a heated Oval Office meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE.

“It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you,” Pelosi told colleagues at a closed-door meeting after the confrontation she and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTo save the Postal Service, bring it online White House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Schumer declines to say whether Trump executive orders are legal: They don't 'do the job' MORE (N.Y.) had with the president.

“I was trying to be the mom,” she said. “I can’t explain it to you. It was so wild.”


Pelosi, Schumer and Trump got into it over the president's demand for $5 billion in border wall funding, a sum that has been rejected by Democrats.

Trump said he was wiling to shut down the government over the issue. Funding for the government needs to be extended by Dec. 21 to prevent a shutdown.

Pelosi’s description of the event has drawn attention on social media, with some Twitter users saying they plan to work the phrase into their lexicon.