The most shocking part of the 'meltdown' photo Trump tweeted isn't who's in it — it's who isn't

Lauren Frias

White House

  • President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a Cabinet meeting about Syria on Wednesday and accused her of having an "unhinged meltdown."

  • While the photo could be interpreted as Pelosi going off on Trump or standing up to the president, the most shocking part of it isn't the "meltdown" — rather, it's who isn't in the picture.

  • Pelosi was one of two women at the table, joined only by Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming. It recalled government meetings where women weren't present, including when an all-men Senate working group in 2017 discussed a healthcare bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a Cabinet meeting about Syria on Wednesday and accused her of having an "unhinged meltdown."

While the photo could be interpreted as Pelosi going off on Trump or standing up to the president, the most shocking part of it isn't the "meltdown" — rather, it's who isn't in the picture.

Pelosi, a Democrat from California, was one of two women at the table, joined only by Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the House Republican Conference chair. Other women can be seen in the background of the photo, but Pelosi and Cheney are the only two lawmakers listed in a White House readout of who was expected to attend. (The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, was also listed as an expected attendee.)

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It recalled government meetings where women weren't present, including when an all-men Senate working group in 2017 discussed a healthcare bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Tensions were high at the Wednesday meeting, the first time Trump was in a room with Democratic leaders since they announced an impeachment inquiry last month.

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The president also seemed particularly upset by an earlier House vote to condemn his decision to pull US troops from Syria. The bipartisan resolution was approved 354-60, with 129 Republicans voting in favor and 60 against.

Trump made it clear that he was reluctant to attend but was there after lawmakers requested his presence, The New York Times reported.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described the president's conduct as "insulting." Pelosi said that Trump called her a "third-grade politician" and that he seemed to be having a "meltdown" and was "shaken" by the vote.

The president, meanwhile, tweeted a series of photos, including one of Pelosi and Schumer that was captioned "Do you think they like me?"

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