At a White House dinner to discuss DACA on Wednesday evening, Nancy Pelosi reportedly found herself in a position that might be familiar to working women: She was being interrupted by the men around her.
According to the Washington Post,as the House minority leader tried to answer a question Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asked about what their side would receive in the deal, those at the table began talking over her.
As the only woman at the meeting, Pelosi reportedly spoke up:
“Do the women get to talk around here?” she asked, according to the Post.
Pelosi apparently made her point: The interruption ceased, and it didn’t happen again.
Meanwhile, details remained murky about what might have been agreed to as a deadline to replace DACA looms.
President Trump announced earlier this month that he plans to phase out the program created by former President Obama that protects young people brought into the country illegally as children from deportation and allows them to work.
Pelosi and her Senate counterpart, minority leader Chuck Schumer, announced Wednesday evening that an agreement had been reached to “enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that is acceptable to both sides.”
The next morning, Trump denied there was any deal, though he did say he thought the sides were “fairly close,” improving the prospects for the hundreds of thousands of young people who currently have DACA protections, at least for now.Christina Prignano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.