Trump’s Meltdown Began When Pelosi Said ‘All Roads With You Lead To Putin’
Wednesday’s meeting at the White House between congressional leaders and President Donald Trump did not go well, with both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the president claiming the other had a “meltdown” during the talk.
But according to The New York Times, those present say it was Trump who had the meltdown, and it happened after Pelosi told him: “All roads with you lead to Putin.”
Before the Speaker brought up Russian President Vladimir Putin, the meeting was already off to a tense start, The Week noted.
Trump had mentioned “a bizarre letter he sent to Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, claiming his "nasty" missive shows he didn't green-light Turkey's invasion of Syria,” after which Pelosi reminded him that the House had overwhelmingly condemned his actions in Syria.
When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) started to read Trump a quote from former defense secretary Jim Mattis, the president interjected that Mattis was "the world's most overrated general" because "he wasn't tough enough.”
Pelosi chimed in that Russia has long been after a “foothold in the Middle East” and that Trump had finally given it to them, throwing in her line about all roads leading to Putin.
The meeting reportedly went further downhill from there.
The Week noted another exchange between Democrats and the president, reported by The Associated Press:
Trump: "I hate ISIS more than you do."
Pelosi: "You don't know that."
Schumer: "Is your plan to rely on the Syrians and the Turks?"
Trump: "Our plan is to keep the American people safe."
Pelosi: "That's not a plan. That's a goal."
After Trump called Pelosi either a “third-rate” or “third-grade” politician, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) suggested the lawmakers walk away from the meeting, saying “this is not useful.”
Trump offered a parting thought as the Democrats left: "Goodbye, we'll see you at the polls."
With that, the 20-minute meeting was over.