President TrumpDonald John TrumpChristie: Trump apologized after ‘knowingly lying’ during 2016 campaign White House abruptly cancelled meeting with intel chiefs day after contradicting Trump: report Trump denies involvement in Kushner security clearance application MORE ripped Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi has been Trump’s top foil since taking the Speaker’s gavel this year, and the two were locked in a stalemate for weeks over Trump’s demand for border wall funding amid the 35-day partial government shutdown.
“I think that she was very rigid — which I would expect — but I think she’s very bad for our country,” Trump told CBS News in an interview excerpt released Friday. Trump’s full remarks are set to air Sunday morning before the Super Bowl.
The longtime Democratic leader refused to give in to Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion in funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, the primary sticking point in negotiations during the five-week government shutdown that ended last Friday.
“She knows that you need a barrier,” Trump told CBS, referring to the southern border. “She knows that we need border security. She wanted to win a political point. I happen to think it’s very bad politics because basically, she wants open borders. She doesn’t mind human trafficking or she wouldn’t do this.”
Pelosi and Trump also locked horns last month over Trump’s scheduled State of the Union address. The Speaker told Trump that he should deliver the address after the government reopened, and Trump canceled overseas congressional delegations.
After Trump agreed to fully reopen the federal government for three weeks, Pelosi re-invited the president to give the address, which is set to take place Tuesday.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate are currently negotiating over border security funding as part of a deal to avert another partial government shutdown on Feb. 15.
Trump said this week that he does not think lawmakers will be able to reach a deal, instead indicating he may declare a national emergency in order to get money for a border wall.
He added in the CBS interview that he thinks Pelosi is doing a “terrible disservice to our country.”
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, told CBS News that “The president knows, bluster aside, that Democrats are committed to securing our borders while upholding our values as a nation. The president should stop undermining bipartisan efforts to do just that.”
Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.