Shifting explanations from White House alarm some in GOP


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday declined to place a timeline on the process of inquiring into the impeachment of President Donald Trump after she was asked about whether it would end before the 2020 election.

Trump was insulting to Pelosi and the meeting deteriorated into a diatribe by Trump, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters.

As she has before, Pelosi said she prayed for the president, but this time she went a step further.

The morning after sparring with President Trump in the White House over Syria, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed reporters on Capitol Hill.

She and other Democratic leaders had complained about his decision to pull USA troops from northeastern Syria and allow Turkey to attack America's Kurdish allies in the area.

Kasich, who's a CNN senior political commentator, told CNN's Ana Cabrera Friday the "final straw" for him was White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's Thursday admission that military aid was withheld from Ukraine in order to pressure that country for investigations into Democrats.

He argued the meeting with Trump became more productive after the she left the room.

Anything short of a "no" on that question, even from only one of 197 Republicans in the House, is notable amid the drive by majority Democrats to impeach Trump.

Speaking outside the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this.

Trump wrote letter to Erdogan telling him 'don't be a fool'
Romney and 2012 presidential nominee added that "the decision to abandon the Kurds violates one of our most sacred duties". Lawmakers from both parties have called the move a "betrayal" of Kurdish allies.

He said the Kurds, longtime USA allies, are "much safer right now", and added, "They're not angels".

Meanwhile, Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, told House impeachment investigators Thursday that President Donald Trump urged him to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on matters related to Ukraine. At the very least, they're pressing Trump to publicly commit to hosting the worldwide leaders free, to avoid any appearance that he's using his office to enrich himself.

Mr Trump's action has opened the door for a Turkish military attack on Syrian Kurds who have been aligned with the U.S. in fighting the country's long-running war.

In a letter dated Oct 9, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan "you don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands" of people and urged him not to be a "tough guy" or a "fool". "Because when they come out and say, 'Oh, this happened and that happened, ' and you're like we must have been at two different meetings because that didn't happen".

RASCOE: And Trump was asked about Graham's comments, and he said that Graham would just keep the US involved in the Middle East for a thousand years and basically told Graham to focus on his job as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump later tweeted an official White House photo of the meeting showing Pelosi standing and pointing at Trump while he appears to be talking.

The Democrats said they had walked out of the meeting because of the insults against Pelosi.

"Yes, you do", Rooney responded.

"Do you think they like me?"