House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., offered up a nickname for the group of five lawmakers currently negotiating an immigration deal, dubbing them the "Five White Guys."
When asked Thursday who exactly is negotiating the immigration deal that would extend protections to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Pelosi pointed to the second-in-commands in the House and Senate — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. — and John Kelly, the White House chief of staff.
"The 'Five White Guys' I call them ... You going to open a hamburger stand next or what?" Pelosi joked during her weekly press conference, garnering laughs from reporters in the room.
As for what will come of their negotiations, Pelosi remained coy.
"Stay tuned," She said.
"That could have been done months ago," she said, referring to the recent negotiations between the group. "The very idea that this week they're saying, 'oh let's get four white guys and Gen. Kelly to come and do this.'"
Hoyer, however, did not take kindly to the comment. In a statement, the No. 2 House Democrat said that the remark was "offensive."
"That comment is offensive," Hoyer said in a statement. "I am committed to ensuring DREAMers are protected and I will welcome everyone to the table who wants to get this done."