Pelosi dismisses Trump's claim she favors MS-13 as false

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite - Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office is dismissing President Donald Trump's latest claim that she's an "MS-13 lover" as simply not true.

The Democratic leader's spokesman pointed to a fact-checker's report rating Trump's earlier suggestions that she favors of the gang as "false." Pelosi declined further comment.

Trump's most recent characterization of Pelosi came in attacks during a campaign-style rally Tuesday in Tennessee as the White House focuses on illegal immigration ahead of the midterm election. 

Pelosi has been critical of Trump's use of the word "animals" in his talks about illegal immigration, saying the president should respect the worth of every person, but the White House has said he was referring specifically to the gang members.