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Hoyer called Pelosi's comments 'offensive'

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi knocked congressional leaders and Trump’s chief of staff who are negotiating a deal on immigration reform over their lack of diversity.

“The five white guys, I call them,” Pelosi said during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, referring to White House chief of staff John Kelly, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

Pelosi’s No. 2 in the House took issue with her comments.

“That comment is offensive,” Hoyer, D-Maryland, said in a statement Thursday. “I am committed to ensuring DREAMers are protected and I will welcome everyone to the table who wants to get this done.”

Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie said, “What a bizarre and disappointing attack on one of her own colleagues. Sen. Cornyn looks forward to working with Whip Hoyer to find a bipartisan solution.”

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Although Pelosi criticized the group for its lack of diversity, Hoyer helped the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, crash the large bipartisan meeting on the Deferred Action for Child