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Nancy Pelosi asks if ‘women get to talk’ during meeting with president

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks at a news conference about President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the U.S. Capitol September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

On Wednesday night, President Trump hosted House Minority Leader and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and others for dinner at the White House so the group could discuss potential immigration reforms. Pelosi, the only woman among 11 seated at the table, at one point became sick of men talking over her and effectively told them to shut up, according to two people who were present at the meeting. The moment occurred when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asked what President Trump would get out of a deal, but when Pelosi started making a point, she was interrupted by the men in the room. “Do the women get to talk around here?” Pelosi then interjected, according to The Washington Post’s report, after which silence followed and she was not interrupted again. Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, posted an excerpt of The Washington Post’s account in a tweet on Thursday night.

Following the dinner, Pelosi and Schumer publicly announced they had come to an agreement with Trump on enshrining the protections DACA provides into law in exchange for increased border security (excluding the “wall”), but the White House later gave confusing and conflicting statements, rendering it unclear whether they had reached such a deal.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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