Democrat at fiery White House meeting undermines Pelosi's version of what happened

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2019

John Kennedy weighs in on combative meeting between Speaker Pelosi and President Trump.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham called Pelosi's decision to walk out "baffling but not surprising" in a statement on Twitter. The President is now under scrutiny, the subject of an impeachment inquiry, is lashing out, and we're all making Twitter jokes about it because what else can we really do?

CORNISH: NPR's White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe joins us now to give us more details.

The new chapter in their feud had Pelosi and other top Democrats exiting a White House meeting Wednesday complaining Trump resorted to name-calling and personal insults.

Pelosi said Trump was upset at the start of the closed meeting because so many Republicans joined Democrats to vote for a resolution condemning his decision to withdraw us forces from northeastern Syria.

Geist continued "they voted for this house rebuke of Donald Trump and what he's doing in Turkey".

There was - so there was a lot of this kind of back and forth.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump speak to each other in a meeting at the White House. "I conveyed to the President in the meeting about the 354-60 vote in the House disapproving of his Syria actions, A. B, my concerns about all roads leading to Putin. I understand such a scene may cause a meltdown but I assure you it's not on Speaker Pelosi's behalf", wrote Amanda Carpenter, a former aide to current and former Republican Sens.

Those claims come as the United States brokered the deal with the Turkish government to pause their military operation and allow the Kurds to withdraw from the Turkish border and to remove artillery. Are we supposed to fight a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member in order that Syria, who is not our friend, keeps their land?

"He's being charged - or I think he will be charged - with a high crime or a high misdemeanor", Kennedy added.

"The President's decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey for brutally attacking our Kurdish partners in exchange for a sham ceasefire seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a risky message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word can not be trusted", they said. And that's really echoing some of what Turkey's President Erdogan is saying.

RASCOE: So you had - you have Democrats and Republicans coming out against President Trump on this move to pull troops from Syria. "What are you going to try to do to protect us from ISIS?" It will put our nation at risk. We will have been seen as dishonorable in the eyes of all future allies.

"I think you probably heard the reporting about what happened in that meeting that I just read, was that accurate?" "Sad to say", she said upon leaving.

CORNISH: We know next that Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are headed to Turkey.

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