At a Wednesday-night White House dinner to discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “interrupted a spirited conversation” by exclaiming, “Do the women get to talk around here?”
Pelosi’s interjection came after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asked the other 10 people at the table what, exactly, the president would stand to gain from making a deal with the Democrats on border security and DACA.
As is typical at large gatherings, everyone began speaking at once, and people were talking over each other. Pelosi, the only female in the group, was also talked over as she tried to respond.
After she made the aforementioned exclamation, the rest of the group reportedly fell silent and did not interrupt her again, according to reports.
White House’s Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short was also present at the dinner and reportedly says he doesn’t recall such a heated interaction. He added that the mood at the dinner was “very friendly and jovial.” Nancy Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammill reportedly maintains the exchange was very real.
Sources say the dinner may have culminated in a deal over a legislative version of DACA, which temporarily shields some 800,000 illegal immigrants from deportation. Reports suggest a potential pathway to citizenship could even be in the works—something many people feel very strongly against.
If the deal does come to fruition, it would be the second, bipartisan undertaking President Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer headed up this month. Conservatives, however, are not at all happy with the potential deal, and the president’s Republican allies in Congress are no doubt feeling some pressure.