Nancy Pelosi used a photo that Trump tweeted to accuse her of having a 'meltdown,' and made it her cover photo
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a White House photo that President Donald Trump shared to insult her, and made it her cover photo on Twitter.
- The photo was taken in a meeting about Syria, which took place just after the House voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump's abrupt withdrawal from the region.
- Trump later shared the photo with the caption: "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!"
- Democrats had walked out of the meeting early, claiming that Trump and Republicans were not offering any solutions in Syria and saying that Trump had a "meltdown." Trump called them the "Do Nothing Democrats."
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi changed her Twitter cover photo on Wednesday to one shared by President Donald Trump to accuse her of having a "meltdown."Trump had tweeted the image of Democrats and White House officials meeting to discuss Syria earlier in the day, captioning it: "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!"Advertisement
In the picture - an official White House photograph - Pelosi is standing at the Cabinet Room table and pointing at Trump, who appears to be talking.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi's chief of staff, noted his boss' change on Twitter, writing: "Thanks for the new cover photo @realDonaldTrump!"The meeting took place on Wednesday, after the House voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump's abrupt and widely criticized withdrawal of US troops in Syria on October 6.
The retreat has essentially left the Kurds - who were US allies in the fight against ISIS - open to a military attack from Turkey, and has given ISIS leave to strengthen again in the region.The House voted for the measure 354-60. One hundred and twenty-nine House Republicans voted in favor of it, while 60 House Republicans voted against it.Read more: Pelosi said Trump had a 'meltdown' after the House overwhelmingly voted to condemn his Syria retreatAdvertisement
It was the first meeting between Democrats and Trump since Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into Trump last month based on his dealings in Ukraine.Both parties have presented different versions of the Wednesday meeting's events, and no journalists were present at the meeting.Advertisement
Trump's characterization of the photo was disputed by many Democratic lawmakers, who praised Pelosi for what they said was her standing up to Trump.
Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey tweeted that the photo showed Pelosi "speaking out against Trump's disgraces to his face and every man on his side looks down in shame."Rep. Eric Swalwell added that the photo is "definitely in the running for her Speaker portrait."Advertisement
Trump's tweet came after Pelosi accused Trump of having a "meltdown" in the meeting.
She and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who was also present, told reporters that Democrats walked out of the meeting as they were insulted instead of being provided with details of how to deal with the Syria crisis.Pelosi also said Trump was "shaken" after the House vote in the meeting, The Hill reported.Advertisement
"That's why we couldn't continue in the meeting because he just wasn't relating to the reality of it," she said. "What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say.""I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that," she added, according to The Hill. "I pray for his safety and that of his family. Now we have to pray for his health because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president."Read more: A top senator says Trump's Syria retreat and the Ukraine scandal may have damaged America's credibility foreverAdvertisement
Schumer also revealed details of the meeting, telling The Hill that Trump was "insulting" to Pelosi but "she kept her cool completely, but he called her a third-rate politician. [...] I mean, this was not a dialogue. It was sort of a diatribe, a nasty diatribe."
Trump later tweeted a photo of Pelosi and Schumer during the meeting, captioning it: "Do you think they like me?"In a separate tweet, he posted a photo of the meeting after Pelosi and Schumer walked out, calling them "Do Nothing Democrats."Advertisement
Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown! pic.twitter.com/RDeUI7sfe7- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019
.@SpeakerPelosi speaking out against trump's disgraces to his face and every man on his side looks down in shame.- Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) October 16, 2019
This image captures perfectly our sad era. One day this photo will be as iconic as a Norman Rockwell. https://t.co/HC5G4sihtV
Do you think they like me? pic.twitter.com/TDmUnJ8HtF- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019