Pelosi reportedly told Trump deputy: 'What was your name, dear?'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMoulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Conservatives push Trump tariff relief over payroll tax cuts Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (D-Calif.) reportedly asked a White House deputy to remind her of his name when he addressed her in a budget negotiation meeting earlier this year.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that after acting White House budget director Russell Vought spoke up during a meeting in May, Pelosi turned to him and asked, “What was your name again, dear?”

The Post, which cited a person who witnessed the exchange for its report, noted that the remark was symptomatic of a larger fraying of the relationship between the Democratic leader and the White House.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE went after Pelosi during a Fox News interview in France last month, calling her a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person” and a “disgrace.” The Democratic leader later remarked, "I’m done with him."

The White House and Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on Thursday.


Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? White House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE has taken the lead in spending negotiations with Pelosi, as she has dismissed acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump's latest plan to undermine Social Security Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE, saying he has “no credibility” on budget and spending issues.

Ahead of a Tuesday phone call with Mnuchin, Pelosi told reporters that she increasingly viewed meeting with White House officials as pointless.

Spending and budget issues are increasingly front and center in talks between the House and the White House as both Congress’s August recess and the deadline to increase the federal debt ceiling approach.

Pelosi has called for any deal to raise the ceiling to be part of a two-year budget agreement, which members of Senate Republican leadership also favor, but the prospects of reaching such a deal by early September, when the White House says an increase will be necessary, remain uncertain.

“I don’t see any reason to have a meeting. They know where we are. We’ve met, we’ve met, we’ve met,” she told reporters.