Coulter: ‘No question’ Pelosi outplayed Trump

Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter late Friday continued to blast President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE's decision to end the 35-day partial government shutdown without securing funds for a border wall, saying he was outmaneuvered by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Pelosi accuses Barr of 'single-minded effort' to protect Trump against Mueller report Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings MORE (D-Calif.).

“We thought, ‘Hey, maybe this guy’s wacky enough, he won’t care what the elite say, and he’ll build the wall.’ That was what put him in the White House. He has got to build the wall,” Coulter said on Los Angeles radio station KNX.

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“There’s no question but that Nancy Pelosi got the better of Donald Trump.”

Coulter on Friday afternoon called Trump “the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States" after he announced that he would support reopening the government with obtaining funds for a border wall.

The immigration hard-liner has repeatedly pushed Trump to immediately start construction on a wall and she said shortly before the shutdown began in December that she would not vote for Trump again in 2020 without a border wall.

Trump garnered attention last month for unfollowing Coulter on Twitter after she made remarks about a "joke presidency."

The president has maintained that his decision to allow the government to fully reopen for three weeks without funding for a wall was not a concession on his part.

The deal includes lawmakers forming a bipartisan conference committee to begin negotiating border security. Trump has maintained that if the committee doesn't provide funds for a wall, he will declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and move to build one.

“This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!” he tweeted Friday.

“We’ll work with the Democrats and negotiate and if we can’t do that, then we’ll do — obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency,” he told reporters at the White House earlier in the day.

Trump had previously rejected proposals to reopen shuttered agencies for three weeks specifically over border wall funding. His demand for more than $5 billion for a wall remained the primary sticking point in negotiations for weeks before he reversed course Friday.