Trump turns Pelosi's 'meltdown' criticism around: 'She is a very sick person'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE on Wednesday blasted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Key GOP senator: 'We need a breakthrough' on spending talks Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran MORE (D-Calif.) following a heated meeting at the White House, questioning her mental fitness and commitment to the country.

"Nancy Pelosi needs help fast! There is either something wrong with her 'upstairs,' or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country," Trump tweeted.

"She had a total meltdown in the White House today," he continued. "It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!" 

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Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump's attack on the Speaker closely mirrored her own criticism of the president shortly after the White House meeting disbanded.

"I pray for the president all the time, and I tell him that. I pray for his safety and that of his family," Pelosi said at the Capitol. "Now we have to pray for his health because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president."

The president chided Pelosi on Twitter earlier Wednesday evening by sharing photos that he claimed showed her having an "unhinged meltdown." But the idea did not have the desired effect, and Pelosi made the image of her standing up and confronting the president her cover photo on Twitter.

Trump's tweets came as he sought to recast the narrative surrounding Wednesday afternoon's meeting with Democrats and Republicans at the White House. The barbs also underscored the deteriorating state of Trump's relationship with Pelosi as he faces an impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats.

The White House meeting was intended to focus on the response to Turkey as it carries out an offensive in northern Syria that has led to bloodshed and uncertainty in the region. Trump has dug in on his decision earlier this month to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria even as lawmakers in both parties have warned him of the consequences of the move.

But the gathering quickly devolved into a war of words. Democrats said Trump called Pelosi a "third-rate politician" and claimed he hated ISIS more than her. The president called former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Amazon to challenge Pentagon's 'war cloud' decision in federal court Former Mattis staffer: Trump 'shooting himself in the foot' on foreign policy MORE "overrated" and did not appear to have a plan to contain ISIS, Democratic aides said.

Just prior to the meeting, the House passed a resolution in a 354-60 vote that rebuked Trump’s decision to retreat from Syria.

White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamTrump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed Former Afghan president condemns Trump's pardons in war-crimes cases Iran: US support of protesters hypocritical MORE defended Trump's conduct as "measured, factual and decisive" and called Pelosi's decision to walk out "baffling, but not surprising."

"While Democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country," Grisham said in a statement.