Donald Trump has been criticised for using an interview on the anniversary of D-Day to attack Nancy Pelosi as “Nervous Nancy” and call her a “disaster”.
The US president made the detour into domestic politics during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham taped at a cemetery in France just before a ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery.
He called Ms Pelosi, the House speaker, a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person”.
“I think she’s a disgrace,” the president said. “I actually don’t think she’s a talented person, I’ve tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done.
“She’s incapable of doing deals, she’s a nasty, vindictive, horrible person, the Mueller report came out, it was a disaster for them.”
Mr Trump went on to say special counsel Robert Mueller, who is a Vietnam War veteran, had made “a fool out of himself” with his investigation of the president.
When Ms Ingraham asked the president whether he cared if Mr Mueller would testify publicly about his report, he launched into another attack on Ms Pelosi.
He said Mr Mueller had “made such a fool out of himself”, then added: “Nancy Pelosi, I call her Nervous Nancy, Nancy Pelosi doesn’t talk about it. Nancy Pelosi’s a disaster, she’s a disaster.”
Ms Pelosi was also among the US politicians who had travelled to France to attend the D-Day commemorations.
In an interview with MSNBC, she declined to criticise Mr Trump, and instead said she hoped he would “convey a renewed spirit of collaboration” with allies.
Mr Trump and Ms Ingraham were criticised for the interview, which was staged in front of over 9,000 war graves, by conservative pundit Amanda Carpenter, who previously worked as communications director for Texas’s Republican senator Ted Cruz.
“You look at the shot and what I see, just as an American, is a draft-dodging president who is sitting down with a woman who regularly defends antisemites – like Paul Nehlen – espouses white supremacist talking points while using the graves of World War soldiers who saved the world from Nazis as a prop,” Ms Carpenter said during an interview with CNN.
She was referring to how Ms Ingraham had recently spoken in defence of Mr Nehlen, a white supremacist and antisemite who she claimed was merely a “prominent voice”.