Pelosi fires back after Trump 'meltdown': 'We have to pray for his health'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Pelosi, Democrats using coronavirus to push for big tax cuts for blue state residents US watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight after intel official fired MORE (D-Calif.) said that "we have to pray" for President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE's health after what she described as a "meltdown" during a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, marking an escalation in her depiction of the commander in chief.

"I pray for the president all the time and I tell him that. 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," Pelosi said at a press conference after returning to the Capitol.
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A reporter later sought to clarify if Pelosi was suggesting that Trump is mentally unwell.

"I'm not talking about mentally. I'm just talking about handling -- just handling the truth," Pelosi replied.

Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders of both parties at the White House about Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.

The withdrawal opened the door for Turkey to begin an onslaught against Syrian Kurdish forces that were allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS.

Democratic leaders said that the meeting quickly derailed after Pelosi brought up the House passage of a bipartisan resolution earlier Wednesday afternoon by a 354-60 vote, which rebuked Trump's decision to withdraw the troops.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBiden calls on Trump to appoint coronavirus 'supply commander' Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots Schumer doubles down in call for Trump to name coronavirus supply czar MORE (D-N.Y.) pressed Trump for what the plan would be going forward in Syria.

From there, Democrats said, Trump made it personal with Pelosi, as he sought to blame former President Obama's policies for the current situation in Syria, according to a Democratic aide.

"At that point in time, the meeting very shortly thereafter deteriorated into a very disrespectful assertion about the Speaker of the House," House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerProcedural politics: What just happened with the coronavirus bill? DC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill Lysol, disinfecting wipes and face masks mark coronavirus vote in House MORE (D-Md.) said.

Pelosi said that Trump called her a "third-grade politician."

Moments earlier, Schumer had said while standing beside Pelosi before the media at the White House that Trump had called her a "third-rate politician."
 
A White House official said that Trump called Pelosi a "third-rate politician."

Whatever the insult, Democrats decided that remaining in the meeting would be unproductive.
 
"This is not useful," Hoyer said in the meeting, according to a senior Democratic aide. Hoyer and Pelosi then left the meeting, followed by Schumer shortly after.
 
As they left, Trump said: "Goodbye, we'll see you at the polls."
 
Trump also questioned Pelosi's opposition to ISIS at one point, according to the Democratic aide.

"I hate ISIS more than you do," Trump said to Pelosi.
 
"You don't know that," Pelosi replied.
 
Pelosi also said during the meeting that Russia had long sought a "foothold" in the Middle East and Trump's decision to pull out the troops subsequently offered an opportunity. "All roads with you lead to Putin," Pelosi told Trump.

"It was obvious that the meeting was going to get angrier and more defensive. And we felt that the meeting was no longer a meeting in which we thought we would get useful discussion and results. And so we left," Hoyer said.

White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamOAN says it will attend briefing as White House guest after violating social distancing rules UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus White House press secretary to return to work after negative virus test MORE shot back at Democrats' characterization that Trump was "rattled."

"The President was measured, factual and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi’s decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising. She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues. 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.

The blowup came during the first White House meeting between Trump and Pelosi since House Democrats formally launched an impeachment inquiry into his efforts to get the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' MORE, a potential 2020 rival.

And it's only the latest White House meeting between Trump and Democratic leaders to end in finger-pointing.

In late May, a White House meeting on infrastructure quickly devolved into chaos when Trump walked out, citing Pelosi's comments earlier in the day accusing him of engaging in a "cover-up."

Pelosi accused Trump of throwing "another temper tantrum."

"I pray for the president of the United States," Pelosi told reporters a day after the May meeting. "I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country."
 
Pelosi dismissed the notion that Democrats cannot work with Trump given the track record of meetings that have ended in blowups.

"Does that mean we can't have future meetings? No. Just depends on the subject, I guess. Does it mean we can't pass things working together? If we can, we will," she said.

"But there has to be some level of values, of calmness, of patriotism, a love of our country and our system, and not a personal invective because he didn't like the way a vote went on any given day," Pelosi said.

Brett Samuels contributed. 
 
-- Updated at 6:15 p.m.