Former ICE chief tells Fox News: Nancy Pelosi is 'disgusting'

Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan said early Thursday that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (D-Calif.) is "disgusting" while blaming her for the partial government shutdown, now in its 27th day.

"Tom, what do you make of Nancy Pelosi asking the president, 'Hey, put on hold the State of the Union because of security.' [But] the Department of Homeland Security came out and said, 'We're ready,' " asked "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy. "You used to be in that department. What do you say to Nancy Pelosi?"

"She's disgusting," Homan responded to applause from the morning program's studio audience.

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"Because she's scared to death that a president is going to speak straight to the American people more than 8 minutes," the former Homeland Security officer later continued. "And explain there is a crisis on the border."

"If Nancy Pelosi saw what I saw in the 34 years of my career, maybe she'd have a different attitude," Homan added before sharing stories about people dying while trying to reach the U.S. due to a lack of border security in some areas.

Pelosi asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE in a letter on Wednesday to delay or put in writing his annual State of the Union address until after the government reopens, citing security concerns for the annual event in the House Chamber.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi wrote in the letter to Trump.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele Nielsen2,000 asylum seekers return home, decide to stay in Mexico: report Trump taps FEMA official to lead agency Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE later pushed back on Pelosi later, stating her agency is "fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union" on Jan. 29.