1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"I also pointed out to the president, I have concerns that the, all roads seem to lead to Putin. The Russians have been trying to get a foothold in the Middle East for a very long time, unsuccessfully. And now the president has given them an opportunity with the Kurds reaching out to them for support in Syria. They have, the Russians were the beneficiaries of any withholding of assistance or encouragement to the Ukraine. Again, Putin benefits. The Russians benefited, Putin did, when the President, placed some doubt about our commitment to NATO right from the start of his administration. All roads lead to Putin. Then the president said, well, the reason I'm taking the troops out of Syria is because I promised in the campaign to bring the troops home. My question to him was, is Saudi Arabia home? Is Saudi Arabia home? Why are our troops going to Saudi Arabia if you promised to bring them home? He said, well, the Saudi Arabians are paying for it. Really? We're putting our troops in harm's way for Saudi Arabia because they're paying? It just didn't add up. But what it did do was cause a meltdown on the part of the president because he was unhappy with that, those questions. And it was unfortunate."
Internet - 17 October 2019
2. Shot of Nancy Pelosi's Twitter page showing the White House-released photo of the Speaker talking to and pointing at President Trump
Washington, DC - 17 October 2019
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"So I don't know what that moment, at that moment I was probably saying, 'All roads lead to Putin.' Yes, maam, last question."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi again recalled her conversation on Wednesday afternoon with President Donald Trump at the White House about the plan forward in Syria.
Speaking to reporters at her weekly brhe said she pointed out to the president her concerns that "all roads seem to lead to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin."
She said she explained to Trump that Russia has always wanted a "foothold in the Middle East," and now it has one with the U.S. withdrawal.
Pelosi said she also questioned the president about his decision to send U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia at the same time that he claims he made a campaign promise to the American people to bring American troops home from the Middle East.
Pelosi said Trump "was unhappy" with her line of questioning and it caused "a meltdown on the part of the president."
Asked what she was saying to Trump in the photo of the meeting released by the White House which has now become Pelosi's cover photo on Twitter, the Speaker said she's not entirely sure what she was saying but added, "At that moment I was probably saying, 'All roads lead to Putin.'"