Pelosi's daughter to Trump: 'Don't mess with Nancy'

Christine Pelosi, the daughter of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Calif.), is warning President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE in a new interview: "Don't mess with Nancy."

The Democratic strategist made the remark Friday when asked on CNN's "Newsroom" what she would say to Trump in response to him calling her mother's viral rebuke of a reporter a "nervous fit." 

"I'd say, Mr. President, don't mess with Nancy," Christine Pelosi replied. "Understand she is a prayerful, strong woman and if you might be feeling nervous or a meltdown or insecure, you don't need to do a self-diagnosis and project that onto somebody else."

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"Maybe it's time to just come forward with that exculpatory information that she told you to bring before and continues to invite you to bring, so we can go about the business of having free and fair elections in this country," she added.

Trump on Thursday accused the speaker of having "a nervous fit" after her confrontation with a reporter who asked if she hates the president. Trump also said he did not believe Pelosi's assertion that she prays for him "all the time."

“Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit. She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more. Stock Market and employment records,” Trump tweeted.

“She says she ‘prays for the President,’” he continued. “I don’t believe her, not even close. Help the homeless in your district Nancy. USMCA?”

Pelosi had shut down a reporter who asked if she "hates" Trump after she announced she would move forward with impeachment.  

“I don't hate anybody. I was raised in a Catholic house, we don't hate anybody — not anybody in the world. So don't you accuse me of any [hate]," Pelosi said, pointing her finger at the journalist.

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"As a Catholic I resent you using the word 'hate' in a sentence that addresses me," she continued. "I pray for the president all the time. So don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."

Talking about the viral moment in the interview Friday, Christine Pelosi said her mother acted out to stop the mischaracterization of impeachment as the result of "a woman's emotions."

"For weeks she has been saying this is a somber time, it's a prayerful time. I know my mom always goes to church. She prays all the time for people, for the president, for the country, she always does that." she said. "She said here we've gone through and talked about how important a moment this is for the country, a somber time, and they want to mischaracterize it down to a woman's emotions and I'm not going to let them do that."