Top Democrats Describe Trump ‘Meltdown’ In Meeting On Syria — ‘He Was Insulting’
A meeting between members of Congress from both parties and President Trump at the White House reportedly broke down after top Democratic lawmakers left the meeting, purportedly following insults being hurled at them by the president.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, spoke to reporters about the 45-minute meeting in front of the White House, CBS News reported. The sit-down between politicians was meant to address the growing crisis in Syria, following Trump’s decision this month to withdraw troops, allowing Turkey to launch a military incursion against Syrian Kurds who had allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS.
“What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say,” Pelosi explained.
According to video of their remarks from ABC News, Schumer described the president’s behavior as uncouth.
“He was insulting, particularly to the Speaker,” Schumer said. “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, not focused on the facts, particularly the fact of how to curtail ISIS, a terrorist organization that aims to hurt the United States in our homeland.”
Schumer: "He was insulting, particularly to the Speaker."
Hoyer: "We were offended, deeply, never have I seen a president treat so disrespectfully a coequal branch of the government."
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Perhaps anticipating what the president might say following their own remarks, Hoyer spoke about how the president belittled the Democrats during the meeting.
“You’re going to hear the president say we walked out,” Hoyer explained. “We were offended, deeply, by his treatment of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Hoyer also chastised the president for his decision to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria. “The president, in my view, has created a crisis in the Middle East,” Hoyer said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy disputed the Democratic leaders’ assertions, and claimed it was Pelosi who was “unbecoming.”
But Pelosi stated that she didn’t just sit by and allow Trump to call her a “third-rate politician,” instead responding to him by saying, “I wish you were a politician, Mr. President, then you would know the art of the possible.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2019