President Trump reportedly fumed at Sen. Chris Coons last week at a private event before the National Prayer Breakfast, tearing into him over bills in New York and Virginia to extend abortion rights.
Politico, citing three sources, reported that Trump “leaned in close” to Coons during the exchange.
One person familiar with the interaction told Politico that Trump “was in his face about it” and described the president as “worked up.”
“He saw a Democrat in the room, a Democrat who’s known to be a person of faith, and he was like, ‘Why aren’t you speaking out about this?’” the person added.
A spokesman for Coons declined to comment to Politico.
A White House official told Politico that the exchange shows how Trump “genuinely views abortion … and isn’t afraid to make the Democrats defend their extreme positions.” The official did not witness the interaction, and the White House declined to comment further, according to Politico.
New York lawmakers last month passed legislation expanding access to abortions. The bill allows women to get abortions after 24 weeks if their life or health is threatened by the pregnancy. It also permits women to have an abortion at any time if the fetus is not viable.
Separately, a Democratic state lawmaker in Virginia recently introduced a bill to expand access to abortions in that state and making it easier for women to get third trimester abortions if their health was threatened by pregnancy.