Pelosi: Trump's border wall has turned into 'a beaded curtain'

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Justices won't fast-track ObamaCare case before election | New virus spreads from China to US | Collins challenger picks up Planned Parenthood endorsement Why Senate Republicans should eagerly call witnesses to testify Trump health chief: 'Not a need' for ObamaCare replacement plan right now MORE (D-Calif.) joked in a recent interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE's proposal for a wall along the southern border has shifted from a cement structure to a "beaded curtain."

"First of all, the fact ... that he says, ‘We're going to build a wall with cement, and Mexico's going to pay for it’ while he's already backed off of the cement — now he's down to, I think, a beaded curtain or something, I'm not sure where he is," Pelosi said in an interview with USA Today published Tuesday.

The presumed incoming House Speaker also argued that Trump is "being a fearmonger" by claiming that the U.S. needs to secure its border to prevent dangerous criminals from entering the country.


"He talked about terrorists coming in over that particular border, which wasn't so," she said. "He talked about people bringing in diseases and all the rest of that, which wasn't so."

"He's using scare tactics that are not evidence-based, and it's wrong," Pelosi added.

Trump on Tuesday reiterated his demand for a wall, saying that the government would remain closed until lawmakers agree to funding for the wall.

“I can't tell you when the government is going to be open,” he said. “I can tell you, it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they'd like to call it. I'll call it whatever they want.”

About 25 percent of the federal government has been shut down since Saturday after lawmakers failed to agree on Trump's demand for border funding. Lawmakers will reconvene Thursday in an effort to find a path forward to fund the government.

Pelosi told USA Today that if lawmakers don't act before next week, the House will pass legislation to reopen the government when Democrats take over the majority.

"But one thing's for sure, the first week of January, we will be passing legislation to open up government," she said.