Pelosi on Trump: 'I gave him a dose of his own medicine' with 'morbidly obese' comment

Pelosi said doctors often ask her, 'What's a matter with him? The things he says are so inappropriate for a president of the United States'

Updated: May 26, 2020 - 2:16pm

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she was giving President Donald Trump a "dose of his own medicine" by referring to him as "morbidly obese."

Pelosi was asked if the back-and-forth criticism between her and Trump will interfere with future congressional negotiations with the White House on another coronavirus stimulus package.

"I didn't say anything about the president," the California Democrat said at a press conference. "I gave him a dose of his own medicine. He's called women one thing or another over time and I thought, 'He thinks that passes off as humor in certain cultures.' And I thought, 'That was what that was.' And I was only quoting what doctors had said about him so I was being factual in a very sympathetic way. I said, 'He's our president. We don't want our president taking something that could be dangerous as the scientists have said it could be.'"

Pelosi made the obese comment Monday after Trump announced that he's taking hydroxychloroquine, the FDA-approved drug for malaria and other illnesses that has accelerated FDA approval to treat the coronavirus. Pelosi suggested that Trump's weight put him at high risk for taking the drug.

Trump responded to Pelosi on Tuesday, saying that she has "a lot of mental problems."

Pelosi on Wednesday called the president "so completely inappropriate in so many ways." 

"It's like a child who comes in with mud on their pants or something," Pelosi said. "He comes in with doggy doo on his shoes and everybody who works with him has that on their shoes too for a very long time to come."

Pelosi said doctors often ask her, "'What's a matter with him?' The things he says are so inappropriate for a president of the United States."

"The comments he makes about women, so inappropriate," she said. "There's a market for it, obviously, and obviously that's what he plays to."