Tempers are flaring on Pennsylvania Avenue this evening, and the contentious relationship between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump has been ratcheted up to yet another level.
With the “formal impeachment inquiry” now in full swing, Donald Trump has been lashing out at the House Democrats for their unwillingness to do their jobs. Meanwhile, Pelosi and Co. have been subpoenaing everyone under the sun in an effort to dig up dirt on Trump, particularly in regard to some alleged “dirt digging” of his own.
Today, as the two met face to face in the White House, a stunning and harsh moment arose.
Democratic congressional leaders said they walked out of a White House meeting Wednesday on Syria after what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a “meltdown.”
After top Democrats left the bipartisan meeting with Trump, Pelosi told reporters that the president appeared “shaken up” by a House vote condemning his decision to remove U.S. forces from northern Syria. The House approved the resolution in an overwhelming 354-60 vote, as even a majority of Trump’s Republican Party supported it.
“That’s why we couldn’t continue in the meeting because he was just not relating to the reality of it,” Pelosi said outside the White House, in only the latest instance of a gathering between the president and Democrats blowing up.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., described the meeting as more of a “nasty diatribe” than a “dialogue.” He said Trump called Pelosi a “third-rate politician” — though Pelosi later clarified the president used the term “third grade politician.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., added that he had “never” seen a president “treat so disrespectfully a coequal branch” of government.
The President fought back on Twitter, however, claiming that it was Pelosi who had the “meltdown”.
Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown! pic.twitter.com/RDeUI7sfe7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
Americans will likely be on the lookout for more antics from Capitol Hill in the coming days.