The meeting of US President Donald Trump with congressional leaders on the situation around the Turkish military operation in Syria turned into a curse and was eventually disrupted. As the leader of Democrats in the Senate Chuck Schumer told Bloomberg, Trump was so annoyed by the fact that The White House policy in the Middle East was not supported even by Republicans that at some point he began to insult openly the speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, calling her a third-rate politician.
One of the interlocutors Bloomberg said that the culmination of the quarrel was the moment when one of the participants in the discussion recalled Trump the words of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who predicted the revival of the “Islamic state” in the case of easing US pressure. The President responded that “Mattis is the most overrated general in the world,” and the main credit for defeating ISIS lies with Trump himself.
After mutual insults, Pelosi and Schumer chose to leave the meeting, for which they received criticism from representatives of the Republican Party, who accused them of wanting to use the situation for internal political struggle. The leader of Republicans in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy said that Pelosi specifically provoked a scandal to disrupt the meeting. According to McCarthy, “both sides got excited,” but the speaker’s behavior “was just defiant.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said that trump behaved carefully, operated with facts, and Pelosi did not want to listen to anyone.
Earlier, Congress criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Northern Syria and thus not support the Kurds the day before after the invasion of Turkish troops.
In turn, the administration said that they do not intend to get involved in the conflict between the Turks and the Kurds. On statements that the government army of Bashar al-Assad and Russian soldiers will occupy the bases left by the Americans, trump said that he has nothing against Russia playing with sand.