Trump Aides in Pelosi Argument Photo Look Like They Wish 'The Ground Would Swallow Them Whole,' Twitter Users Suggest

A photograph of the combative meeting between President Donald Trump and leading Democratic lawmakers has become a fresh symbol of the acrimony between the commander-in-chief and his political opponents.

The image, taken by a White House photographer, shows House Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi standing and pointing at Trump, admonishing him over his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria leaving local allies to face a Turkish assault alone.

Trump tweeted out the image, citing it as evidence of a "meltdown" on the veteran lawmaker's part. But Pelosi quickly made the image her Twitter cover image. Her deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill wrote on Twitter, "Thanks for the new cover photo @realDonaldTrump!"

The image quickly spread through social media, with some users noting the negative body language of the officials sat alongside Trump.

Four in particular—House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Steve Scalise, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley—appeared downcast and even embarrassed, according to Twitter users.

Comedian and actress Rosie O'Donnell retweeted the image and called on those present to take a stand against the president and walk out, as Pelosi did after Trump attacked her political pedigree.

"Stand up and walk out on him — like Nancy did — like the reporters — when he lies during pressers and copter chats," O'Donnell wrote. "Scream THATS A LIE PRESIDENT TRUMP — come on — we can do so much better — force him out — abandon him like he did the Kurds — walk away — walk out."

Trump posts a massive self-own baiting Nancy Pelosi, not noticing the men on his side of the table wishing the ground would swallow them whole

— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) October 17, 2019

Legendary singer Nancy Sinatra responded to O'Donnell, also lamenting the inaction of Trump's senior aides. "And yet they remain silent," she said. "I don't feel sorry for them."

Pelosi led a House vote Wednesday to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The resolution passed by 354 votes to 60. Every Democrat voted with the resolution, as well as more than two-thirds of Republicans.

Among them were Scalise and McCarthy, New York Daily News reporter Michael McAuliff noted. "Look at the men on Trump's side all looking down," he wrote, "including Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, who both voted against the President's abandonment of Syria today (and with Pelosi)."

TV critic and broadcaster Toby Earle suggested Trump's effort to undermine Pelosi had backfired. "Trump posts a massive self-own baiting Nancy Pelosi," he wrote, "not noticing the men on his side of the table wishing the ground would swallow them whole."

Sportswriter Jamie O'Grady took away the same message, urging users to "look at the faces of the complicit, feckless men sitting by Trump's side. They're clearly horrified. And not because of Pelosi's behavior."

Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, aides
President Donald Trump speaks in front of Rep. Kevin McCarthy in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images/Getty