According to Press TV, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday that Trump called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “third-rate politician” and as the result, the meeting in the White House deteriorated into a “diatribe.”
“What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown. Sad to say,” said Pelosi, who has launched an impeachment inquiry over the Ukraine scandal.
Hoyer blasted the president’s treatment of Pelosi, suggesting that his behavior was unprecedented.
“I’ve been in many, many, many meetings like this,” he said. “Never have I seen a president treat so disrespectfully a co-equal branch of the government of the United States.”
Trump’s Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham rejected the Democrats’ allegations.
“Dem ‘leadership’ chose to storm out & whine to camera,” Grisham tweeted. “Everyone else stayed to work on behalf of our country.”
A letter was, meanwhile, released from Trump to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warning him about Ankara’s offensive into Syria.
“Don’t be a fool,” Trump wrote in the letter dated October 9. “You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy — and I will… History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way… It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen.”
The House has approved a resolution to formally rebuke Trump over his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria and give the green light for Turkey’s invasion.
The measure passed in a 354-60 vote, with all those opposing being Republicans.