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 PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 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 TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 NielsenDOJ to Supreme Court: Trump decision to end DACA was lawful Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role 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.