Donald Trump had a “meltdown” during a meeting with senior lawmakers, advisors and officials, at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, according to Nancy Pelosi.
Earlier, the House overwhelmingly passed a measure i) condemning the president’s decision in Syria, ii) calling on Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt his offensive, which has targeted America’s former Kurdish allies and iii) calling on the US to support the Kurds in the face of the Turkish military’s bloody cross-border incursion. The vote was 354-60. A majority of Republicans supported it.
The president spent a good part of Wednesday defending his decision to pull a relative handful of US special operators away from YPG positions last week. The move opened the door (quite literally) for Erdogan’s long-threatened operation.
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According to Pelosi, she and other Democratic leaders had to leave the meeting with a “shaken up” Trump, who apparently suffered some manner of emotional lapse.
“I think the president was very shaken up” by the number of Republicans who voted for the measure, Pelosi told the press, adding that Trump was “just not relating to the reality of it”.
“It was like a meltdown”, the Speaker marveled.
For his part, Chuck Schumer said he asked the president what the administration’s plan is to contain any ISIS prisoners who might escape. “He didn’t really have one”, Schumer remarked.
According to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Trump was “very offensive”. At one point, he called Pelosi a “third rate politician”, Hoyer said.
Later, Trump tweeted the following picture of Pelosi scolding him with the caption “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!”
Trump was likely feeling especially vulnerable after enduring a lengthy, pointed critique from staunch ally Lindsey Graham, who said the following over the course of multiple tweets Wednesday:
The statements by President Trump about Turkey’s invasion being of no concern to us also completely undercut Vice President Pence and Sec. Pompeo’s ability to end the conflict.
When it comes to America’s national security I will NEVER be quiet.
Mr. President, forget about what I’m saying about Syria. Listen to your own national security team who are telling you the consequences of your decision and the impact it will have on our nation.
President Trump is being told EXACTLY what President Obama was told before he withdrew from Iraq. He appears to be hell-bent on making the same mistakes in Syria as President Obama made in Iraq.
The worst thing any Commander in Chief can do is to give land back to the enemy that was taken through blood and sacrifice. I fear those are the consequences of the actions being taken right now.
“LindseyÂ Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years”, an irritated Trump shot back, recommending that Graham “focus on the judiciary” and leave the military strategy to him.
Those present for Trump’s alleged “meltdown” at the White House included Mick Mulvaney, White House counsel Pat Cipollone,Â Steve Mnuchin, Mark Esper, Mark Milley, State Department Deputy Sec. John Sullivan, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Schumer and Pelosi.
Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are en route to Turkey to try and talk Erdogan into calling off what is now a mini-genocide.
Meanwhile, Bashar al-Assad’s troops along with Russian forces entered the crucial border city of Kobani on Wednesday and have reportedly established outposts in Raqqa.