A White House meeting with Congressional leaders led to a war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Donald Trump with both parties accusing the other of having meltdowns.
Wednesday’s meeting came just hours after the House overwhelmingly voted to condemn Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Congressional Democrats said Trump was upset that more than 129 House Republicans joined Democrats in condemning his decision.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters outside the White House that Trump had a meltdown:
“What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say.”
He continued to say that Trump was insulting to Pelosi and called her a “third-rate politician.”:
“She kept her cool completely, but he called her a third-rate politician. I mean, this was not a dialogue. It was sort of a diatribe, a nasty diatribe.”
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After returning to the Capitol, Pelosi said, “We have to pray for his health because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president.”
Trump said, Democratic leaders, stormed out of the meeting and shared a picture of Pelosi standing across the table, pointing at him with the caption “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown”:
Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown! pic.twitter.com/RDeUI7sfe7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Later on Wednesday, Trump called Pelosi a “very sick person” and said that she “needs help fast.”:
Nancy Pelosi needs help fast! There is either something wrong with her “upstairs,” or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country. She had a total meltdown in the White House today. It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
“Speaker Pelosi’s decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising. She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues.”
As Pelosi and Hoyer were walking out of the meeting, Trump said, “I’ll see you at the polls.”