Rep. Elijah Cummings dies, a new Brexit deal, and Sondland to be grilled about private Ukraine chat: The Morning Rundown
As fallout continues over Trump's "tough guy" letter, Vice President Mike Pence to make ceasefire case to Turkey's Erdogan.
“When we’re dancing with the angels, the question we’ll be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?” Rep. Elijah Cummings said in February of this year during Michael Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee.Bloomberg / Getty Images file
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Trump started the meeting by bragging about the "nasty" letter he sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a senior Democratic aide.
The meeting devolved from there into a back-and-forth of name calling that eventually led Democratic leaders to walk out.
"What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters outside the White House with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham denied the Democrat's characterization of the meeting, saying, "The President was measured, factual and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi’s decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising."