House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) walked out of an explosive White House meeting with President Donald Trump and administration officials regarding his decision to withdraw U.S. Special Forces from Northern Syria, abandoning Kurdish allies who were crucial in the containment of ISIS.
During the closed door meeting, Trump called Pelosi a "third-rate politician" and accused Democrats of favoring ISIS. Pelosi stressed to the President how Russia was seeking a foothold in the region and claimed that "all roads with [him] lead to Putin."
"I have served with six presidents," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) of Trump's behavior, "Never have I seen a president treating so disrespectfully a co-equal branch of government of the United States."
Pelosi claimed the President was shaken by a House vote which overwhelmingly rebuked his withdrawal from Syria by 354-60.
Nevertheless, Trump and his allies accused Pelosi of having a "meltdown" and refusing to discuss issues.
Acting with a level of maturity the American public has come to expect, the President posted a picture of him and Pelosi during the meeting. It was meant to corroborate his claim that Pelosi had a meltdown during the meeting. It had the opposite effect.
The picture shows Pelosi—one of the only women in the room—standing up to Trump in a room full of men bowing their heads. The picture was so flattering of Pelosi, she soon made it her Twitter background.
When the President noticed that the photo he posted was poor judgment, he promptly deleted it and invited Pelosi and other Democratic leadership back for further discussion, assuring that it would be productive.
He insulted her on Twitter instead.
But others agree that the photo didn't do Trump any favors.
The image of Pelosi standing up and pointing a finger at Trump looked familiar to many.
Not to mention, the looks from the men on Trump's side of the table made clear who had the upper hand in the pair's dynamic.
Even a founding father hung his head.
Doing nothing to assure that it was Pelosi—not he—who had the meltdown, the President began tweeting about Hillary's emails and other greatest hits.
At what point are those in Trump's orbit allowed to be concerned?