Nancy Pelosi Fires Back at Trump after 'Meltdown' Meeting: 'I Think Now We Have to Pray for His Health'

Nancy Pelosi has called for people to pray for President Donald Trump's health after she walked out of a fiery meeting with the commander-in-chief.

The House Speaker told reporters in a statement, filmed by ABC News, that the meeting between top Democrats, House Republicans and the president yesterday was "most unsatisfactory" and claimed Trump had a "very serious meltdown" at the roundtable.

At another press conference, Pelosi confirmed that she and other Democrats walked out of the meeting shortly after, according to Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, Trump started calling the House Speaker a "third-rate politician."

Wednesday's meeting at the White House was held to discuss President Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria and other matters in the Middle East.

The discussion was attended by Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, as well as House Republicans who joined Democrats in supporting a resolution against Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria moments before.

A majority of House representatives yesterday voted for a joint resolution opposing the withdrawal and Turkey's invasion of the region, with 129 Republicans among those backing the statement.

The final vote tally came to 354 in favor and just 60 against the joint resolution. All representatives who voted to oppose the statement were Republicans.

Pelosi told ABC News and other gathered reporters that she had come from the "most unsatisfactory meeting at the White House" and said the president's opening remark was about her and other Democrats not being invited there.

After telling media that Trump "couldn't handle" the House vote earlier that day, Pelosi later said she prayed for the president "all the time," but added: "I think now we have to pray for his health, because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president."

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on contentious White House meeting: "I pray for the president all the time...I pray for the safety and that of his family.

"Now we have to pray for his health—because this was a very serious meltdown."

— ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2019

Pelosi later said she had asked Trump in the meeting yesterday for an explanation of his decision to pull U.S. troops from Kurdish-controlled Syria—a move that has drawn widespread criticism in Washington D.C.

"My concern that I expressed to the president is that Russia, for a long time, has wanted to have a foothold in the Middle East, and now he [Trump] has enabled that to happen," Pelosi said.

She said that concerns she raised about "all roads leading to Putin"—such as doubt over U.S. commitment to NATO and assistance to Ukraine—appeared to "have angered the president."

In the aftermath of the abrupt meeting, President Trump lashed out at Pelosi on Twitter, using her "meltdown" line against her. Alongside a picture of the Democrat standing up and pointing at him, Trump said: "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!"

Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2019

The president later posted a picture of empty chairs opposite him and wrote: "The Do Nothing Democrats, Pelosi and Schumer stormed out of the Cabinet Room!"

House Speaker Pelosi has since changed her cover photo on Twitter to the first picture Trump tweeted after the meeting. Her deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill tweeted: "Thanks for the new cover photo @realDonaldTrump!"