House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stormed out of a crucial meeting on Syria policy after the President seemed to hurt Pelosi’s feelings.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer followed Pelosi out of the meeting straight to a press conference where they whined about the incident, saying that the big bad President said some mean words, calling Pelosi either a “third-rate politician” or “third-grade politician.”
“What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say,” Pelosi, who really had the meltdown herself, claimed.
She 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.”
According to a senior source, President Trump said “President Obama drew a red line in the sand [in Syria]. In my opinion, you are a third-grade politician.”
This made the weak minded Pelosi flee the scene.
As the Democrats walked out, Trump reportedly remarked, “I’ll see you at the polls.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham weighed in on 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.”
Trump spoke about it on Twitter:
“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!”
Trump also 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.”
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 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. I have served with six presidents. I have been in many, many, many meetings like this. Never have I seen a president treat so disrespectfully a coequal branch of the government of the United States.”
The meeting came amid rapid-fire developments in the Middle East. Trump, earlier this week, authorized sanctions against Turkey, after he had threatened to ruin the country economically if it did anything that he considered “off limits” in his “great and unmatched wisdom.”
The important meeting continued after the Democrats walked out – proving that the government is more effective without them getting in the way.