Trump Blasts ‘Nervous Nancy’ Pelosi for ‘Unhinged Meltdown’ During Meeting
Democrats storm out of Syria/Turkey meeting at White House with president
President Donald Trump has blasted "Nervous Nancy" Pelosi after she, and other top Democrats, stormed out of their White House meeting on the Syria/Turkey situation on Wednesday.
President Trump described Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as "a very sick person," saying she suffered an "unhinged meltdown" before walking out of the meeting.
Shortly after walking out of the meeting, Pelosi, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, held a news conference outside the White House.
While speaking to the press, they revealed that Trump apparently called Pelosi either a "third-rate politician" or "third-grade politician."
The president also reportedly accused Democrats of likely appreciating communist Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East.
"What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say," Pelosi remarked as she attempted to flip the accusation back onto Trump.
Pelosi said later, at the Capitol: "I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that -- I pray for his safety and that of his family.
"Now, we have to pray for his health -- because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president."
A senior Democratic aide told Fox News that Trump began the meeting, by remarking that "someone wanted this meeting so I agreed to it."
Trump also reportedly told Pelosi, "I hate ISIS more than you do," prompting Pelosi to respond, "You don't know that."
The Do Nothing Democrats, Pelosi and Schumer stormed out of the Cabinet Room! pic.twitter.com/hmP4FNhemv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Trump then remarked, according to the senior source: "President Obama drew a red line in the sand [in Syria].
"In my opinion, you are a third-grade politician." (Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters he heard Trump use the term "third-rate politician.")
Pelosi forcefully reminded Trump that the House had recently overwhelmingly voted to condemn his Syria policy, the source said.
Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown! pic.twitter.com/RDeUI7sfe7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
The source told Fox News that Trump pointed to a letter he sent last week to Turkey's president, but that Democrats were unimpressed.
As the Democrats walked out, Trump reportedly remarked, "I'll see you at the polls."
Another Democratic source familiar with the conversation told Fox News that Schumer started to read the president a quote from former Defense Secretary James Mattis from Sunday: "And, in this case, if we don't keep the pressure on, then ISIS will resurge. It's absolutely a given that they will come back."
According to the source, Trump cut Schumer off and responded that Mattis was "the world’s most overrated general. You know why? He wasn’t tough enough.
"I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month."
Trump reportedly said fewer than 100 ISIS prisoners had escaped amid Turkish aggression and the U.S. troop pullback in the Middle East, and that the escapees were "the least dangerous" ones.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to the source, confirmed the president's number, but not that those terrorists were the least dangerous. "I don't know that," Esper told Schumer, the source recounted.
The meeting devolved into the president calling the speaker a name, the source said, noting that Trump was "quite nasty, so she stood up to go. She started to sit back down but Hoyer got her to go. Pelosi and Hoyer walked out of the meeting."
Do you think they like me? pic.twitter.com/TDmUnJ8HtF— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
The source said Schumer stayed back for a minute to push Esper on whether the U.S. had specific intelligence that the Turks or Syrians definitely would guard the other ISIS prisoners.
Esper reportedly said they didn't have any such reports.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham dismissed the reports from the meeting.
"The President was measured, factual and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi's decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising," Grisham said.
"She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues.
"While democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country."
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
Trump, for his part, tweeted pictures of the meeting, including one showing Pelosi standing and pointing her finger at the president.
Trump captioned the photo, "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!"
Schumer, standing alongside Pelosi at the news conference outside the White House, claimed the discussion fell apart while the politicians were discussing the president's pullout from Syria -- and that Trump had said that "some of ISIS were communists, and that might make you happy."
"I asked the president what his plan was to contain ISIS," Schumer said.
"He said the Turks and the Syrians will guard the ISIS prisoners."
Schumer added that the situation was "appalling," and that the president was "insulting, particularly to the speaker, but he called her a third-rate politician.
"He said that there are communists involved, and you guys might like that.
"This was not a dialogue, this was a diatribe -- a nasty diatribe, not focused on the facts."
Hoyer, D-Md., said the situation was unprecedented.
"We were offended deeply by his treatment of the speaker of the House of Representatives," Hoyer said.
"Unfortunately, the meeting deteriorated into a diatribe. ... and very offensive accusations being made by the president of the United States."
The meeting came amid rapid-fire developments in the Middle East.