President Donald Trump has described the House Minority Leader, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, as "incompetent" and an inadequate leader of her party.
The president's comments arrive after Pelosi said on Feb. 26 that Trump and his administration have "done nothing except put Wall Street first, make America sick again, instill fear in our immigrant population in our country and make sure that Russia maintains ... its grip" on U.S. foreign policy during his first month in office, according to ABC News.
In a Feb. 28 interview on "Fox & Friends," Trump dismissed Pelosi's criticisms.
"I have been watching Nancy's statements and I think she's incompetent, actually," Trump said.
In her ABC News interview, Pelosi asserted that Trump focused on controversial executive orders and statements to deflect attention from his administration's lack of accomplishments.
"All of this is a deflection from the fact that he has done nothing," Pelosi told ABC News.
Trump continued his critique of Pelosi on "Fox & Friends" by stating that the Democratic party's power had diminished during her leadership.
"...If you look at what's going on with the Democrats and the party, it's getting smaller and smaller ... she's done a terrible job," Trump said.
The president concluded by saying he believes Pelosi is not "a good spokesman."
Shortly after Trump's interview aired, Pelosi's spokesman Drew Hammill released a statement responding to the president's remarks.
"In classic fashion, the President is projecting his incompetence on to others," Hammill said. "Instead of calling people names, President Trump should focus on how he's going to grow the American economy and live up to the promises he's made to the American people."
Trump's interview aired the morning of his first address before a joint session of Congress.
During a closed-door caucus meeting with her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi urged them be respectful towards Trump during his speech, Politico reports.
"I think we have to deal with this in the utmost dignity," Pelosi said before referencing an incident in which Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina heckled former President Barack Obama during his first address before Congress in 2009.
"We cannot become them; we don't like what they did to our president," Pelosi concluded. "We cannot be out-classed by Donald Trump. That would be the worst of all outcomes."
Following Pelosi's remarks, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California announced that she would not attend the address, sarcastically stating that she would be unable to "contain her enthusiasm."