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President Trump had a “meltdown” and called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a “third-rate politician” during a meeting Wednesday with congressional leaders on the situation in Syria, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters after they left the meeting early.
The White House had invited leadership and top committee members of both parties and chambers of Congress to discuss Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.
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That withdrawal paved the way for Turkey to initiate an onslaught against Syrian Kurdish forces that were instrumental in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS and has been widely criticized by lawmakers across the political spectrum.
Just before lawmakers left for the meeting, the House passed a resolution in a 354-60 vote that rebuked Trump’s decision to retreat from Syria.
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Pelosi attributed Trump’s comments to being “shaken” by the overwhelming nature of the House vote, where 129 Republicans sided with Democrats.
“That’s why we couldn’t continue in the meeting because he just wasn’t relating to the reality of it,” Pelosi said.
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“What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say,” she added later.
Schumer added that Trump was “insulting” to Pelosi.
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“She kept her cool completely, but he called her a third-rate politician. He said that there are communists involved and you guys might like that. I mean, this was not a dialogue. It was sort of a diatribe, a nasty diatribe,” Schumer said.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also said the attendees "were offended deeply” by Trump’s treatment of Pelosi.
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Hoyer, Schumer and Pelosi said they left the meeting after Trump’s comments to Pelosi, but that other lawmakers in both parties stayed behind to continue asking questions about Syria and Turkey.
“This crisis required a rational, reasonable discussion between those of...
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