President Trump reportedly confronted Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) last week at a private event before the National Prayer Breakfast, ripping into him over a recently passed bill in New York that allows women to have an abortion 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.
Politico, citing three sources, reported that Trump “leaned in close” to Coons face during the tense exchange.
One person source 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 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.” That official did not witness the interaction.
Politico notes that Coons identifies himself as “a practicing Christian and a devout Presbyterian.”