President Donald Trump called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) a “very sick person,” after she and other high-ranking Democrats hastily withdrew from a tense White House meeting Wednesday regarding the decision to withdraw troops from Syria.
The meeting with Democratic leaders was called by the White House to discuss the president’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, where Turkey had been carrying out an offensive since Oct. 9 against Kurdish militias. However, Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) walked out before the end of the meeting.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Pelosi stormed out of the Oval Hall, while Schumer said at a press conference that the president had a “nervous breakdown” and called Pelosi “third-grade politician.”
President Trump said during the meeting that communists are involved and “you guys might like that,” Schumer said at a press conference after the meeting, according to DW.
Pelosi left the room where the debate on the troops in Syria was taking place saying she left because President Trump was having a “crisis,” but the president then responded by questioning Pelosi’s mental aptitude.
“Nancy Pelosi needs help fast! There is either something wrong with her ‘upstairs,’ or she just doesn’t like our great country,” President Trump tweeted.
“She had a total meltdown in the White House today,” he added. “It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!”
Just before everyone headed for the meeting, the House had passed a resolution to reject the U.S. withdrawal of Syrian territory.
President Trump decided to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, arguing that it was too costly to continue supporting forces led by U.S.-allied Kurds in the region fighting ISIS.
Days ago he stated in his Twitter account that it is time for the United States “to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal.”
“The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They’ve been fighting Turkey for decades,” Trump said in a series of tweets released on Oct. 7.
“Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia, and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out.”
On Thursday, the White House reported in a statement that the United States and Turkey have reached a historic agreement that puts an end to a week of hostilities in the Syrian border region.
Turkey is thus implementing an immediate cease-fire, while both governments are increasing cooperation to help stop ISIS.
This agreement is the result of President Trump’s leadership during the past week and successful negotiations in Ankara led by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, backed by a team of experts and dedicated diplomats and military officers, according to the White House.