WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats walked out of a White House meeting on Syria Wednesday, claiming President Donald Trump was demeaning to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
""He was insulting, particularly to the speaker. He called her a 'third-rate politician,'" said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "This was not a dialogue, it was sort of a diatribe."
Pelosi said Trump was "shaken up" by having lost most Republicans in a Wednesday vote condemning Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria,
"What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say," Pelosi said.
The move came soon after the House overwhelmingly passed bipartisan resolution condemning Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, all but clearing the way for Turkey to invade territory held by the U.S.-allied Kurds.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham called Pelosi's decision to walk out "baffling, but not surprising."
"Speaker Pelosi had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues," Grisham said in a statement. "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."
Democrats said Pelosi left after Trump called her a third-rate politician, but not before Pelosi said she responded: "I wish you were a politician, Mr. President. Then you would know the art of the possible."
Schumer said some lawmakers from both parties stayed behind, as he did initially, because he wanted to ask a question.
Democrats are also complaining that the administration has cancelled a briefing for lawmakers on Syria that had been scheduled for Thursday.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Nancy Pelosi: Donald Trump had a 'meltdown' during meeting on Syria