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Pelosi Emerges From Trump Meeting, Says: 'What We Witnessed on the Part of the President Was a Meltdown'

Trump told the Democratic congressional leaders, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, that "some of ISIS were communists and you would be happy with that."

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (C), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) and Representative Steny Hoyer, walk out of the White House after meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC on October 16, 2019. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (C), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) and Representative Steny Hoyer, walk out of the White House after meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC on October 16, 2019. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty)

Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday to describe a bizarre encounter with the nation's commander-in-chief that resulted in her, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, cutting the scheduled talks short.

"What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown," Pelosi told reporters outside the White House.

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The White House had invited leadership and top committee members of both parties and chambers of Congress to discuss Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. 

That withdrawal paved the way for Turkey to initiate an onslaught against Syrian Kurdish forces that were instrumental in the U.S.-led fight against ISIS and has been widely criticized by lawmakers across the political spectrum.

As part of his apparent meltdown, Trump told the Democratic congressional leaders, according to Schumer, that "some of ISIS were communists and you would be happy with that."

The Democrats said even that comment didn't compel them to walk out, but they ultimately did after the president attacked Pelosi personally, calling her a "third-rate politician."

Pelosi also expressed disappointment that members of Congress have yet to be fully briefed on the Turkey-Syria situation and criticized Trump for cancelling an all-member briefing that was scheduled for Thursday.

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