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 PelosiDemocrats are playing voters on their fantasies for impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary 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 TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey 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 NielsenDemocratic Party chief: Trump is 'compromised' Hillicon Valley: Facebook expects up to B FTC fine | DHS face scanning at airports sparks alarm | New Twitter tool targets election misinformation | Lawmakers want answers on Google 'Sensorvault' Dems accuse White House of caving to Trump's 'ego' on Russian meddling 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.