Pelosi walks out of meeting with Trump after he calls her a 'third-rate politician'

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October 16, 2019 - 5:41 pm
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS/AP) -- And the gloves -- yet again -- are off!

Democratic congressional leaders say they walked out of a briefing with President Donald Trump on Turkey after hearing little but insults from President Donald Trump.

The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, says Trump insulted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by calling her a "third-rate politician.'' Schumer said the meeting "was not a dialogue. This was sort of a diatribe, a nasty diatribe not focused on the facts.''

Pelosi told reporters outside the White House that "what we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown.''

Pelosi claimed Trump appeared visibly "shaken up'' after House passage of a bipartisan condemnation of his decision to order the withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria.

Pelosi said Democrats "couldn't continue in the meeting because he was just not relating to the reality of it.''

Trump later tweeted photos from the briefing, showing Pelosi visibly angry. He tweeted a photo of Pelosi and Schumer's empty seats, writing "The Do Nothing Democrats, Pelosi and Schumer stormed out of the Cabinet Room!"

But House Republicans are blaming Pelosi for walking out . They are calling her actions "unbecoming.''

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is trying to pin the blame on Pelosi, saying she stormed out of the meeting.

He is calling it a pattern of behavior on Pelosi's part, disregarding that it was actually Trump who walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders on the issue of infrastructure spending last May.

McCarthy said the meeting was very productive for the lawmakers from both parties who remained.