House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership held a media availability after meeting with President Trump on Wednesday. Asked to clarify what she meant by praying for Trump's health, Pelosi said she was talking about the president's ability to handle the truth, not that he is mentally unwell.
Following Pelosi's statement, President Trump shot back and tweeted that she had a "total meltdown" and that something is wrong with her "upstairs."
Nancy Pelosi needs help fast! There is either something wrong with her “upstairs,” or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country. She had a total meltdown in the White House today. It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: What's really sad about it is-- is I pray for the president all the time and I tell him that--I pray for his safety and that of his family. I think now we have to pray for his health. This was a very serious meltdown on the part of the President. I was expressed my appreciation for what our troops have done in Syria and by all accounts from the generals they have just really done the job very well; that he's now pulling out.
The explanation for that is what we asked for all members of the House to hear and that was supposed to be tomorrow but now then they somehow postponed it today. My concern that I expressed to the President is that Russia has for a long time always wanted to have a foothold in the Middle East and now he has enabled that to happen and have concerns about all roads leading to Putin whether it's a foothold in the Middle East or whether it's placing a doubt in military assistance to the Ukraine which is to benefit of Putin. It is placing a doubt our commitment to NATO. Article 5, which again all roads lead to Putin, the list goes on and on. That seems to have angered the President.
But in any event this is--this is very serious. ISIS, the protection of our homeland--that is an oath we take to protect and defend is very serious and it was very sad. I think probably the President couldn't handle the fact the vote was so overwhelming in opposition to what he did in Syria and again, not being able to give us a clear picture of what his plan was to protect us from ISIS.
QUESTION: Madame Speaker, you said that you pray for his health now in the aftermath of what you're calling a meltdown. Are you suggesting that he's mentally unwell in any way?
PELOSI: I'm not talking about mentally. I'm just talking about handling--just handling the truth.