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.
Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown! https://t.co/RDeUI7sfe7— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1571264975.0
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.
Nancy Pelosi needs help fast! There is either something wrong with her “upstairs,” or she just plain doesn’t like o… https://t.co/X481eoECXa— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1571270440.0
But others agree that the photo didn't do Trump any favors.
@realDonaldTrump You look constipated and she looks like she is in charge Probably not the best pic to tweet out— Roland Scahill (@Roland Scahill)1571265368.0
@realDonaldTrump The lone woman in the room with the strength and power to stand up to your pathetic self. This photo is perfection.— Jeremy Pond (@Jeremy Pond)1571273302.0
@realDonaldTrump That you would tweet a pic of you being put in your place by the masterful Nancy Pelosi shows how… https://t.co/h7s0KMUmDL— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1571269380.0
The image of Pelosi standing up and pointing a finger at Trump looked familiar to many.
@realDonaldTrump Looks like she is scolding a child. Great shot.— Danny Deraney (@Danny Deraney)1571266647.0
@realDonaldTrump It's a roomful of men listening to a woman educate a man-child.— Pé Resists (@Pé Resists)1571272071.0
@realDonaldTrump Nancy scolding a misbehaving child. Seems perfectly on brand.— Shopgirl 🇺🇸🗣☮️ (@Shopgirl 🇺🇸🗣☮️)1571274042.0
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.
@realDonaldTrump What shame looks like: https://t.co/bE0JMjfJfy— Fohtohgirl💎 (@Fohtohgirl💎)1571265797.0
@realDonaldTrump The entire side of your table... features men with their heads hung in shame. You think they have… https://t.co/40MGTFxHO9— Jo (@Jo)1571267272.0
@realDonaldTrump Look at all the men on your side of the table with their eyes cast down in shame. They know they’r… https://t.co/FBPIZhHawQ— LittleRUNAway (@LittleRUNAway)1571274019.0
Even a founding father hung his head.
@BenjaminPritcha @fohtohgirl @realDonaldTrump Beat me to it...yes, even Ben Franklin looks down in shame.— Lynda_Ferg (@Lynda_Ferg)1571266589.0
@HelenKennedy @realDonaldTrump Even the bust of Franklin looks embarrassed.— George Walsh (@George Walsh)1571272813.0
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.
“What has happened here with the Anthony Wiener laptop, the Server, all of the Emails between Huma Abedin and Hilla… https://t.co/ELyAWDQbdb— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1571273902.0
Hope all House Republicans, and honest House Democrats, will vote to CENSURE Rep. Adam Schiff tomorrow for his braz… https://t.co/UTBkc10nhf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1571274876.0
The Do Nothing Democrats, Pelosi and Schumer stormed out of the Cabinet Room! https://t.co/hmP4FNhemv— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1571265760.0
At what point are those in Trump's orbit allowed to be concerned?