"We are proud of our men and women in uniform", she continued.
The Democratic leaders said that Trump had also implied that they were Communists, or at least had Communist sympathies.
According to the transcript of the telephone call, released on September 25 by the White House, Trump asked Zelensky to contact US Attorney General William Barr to address a possible investigation related to former Governor Joe Biden and his son Hunter. "He has persistently and consistently demonstrated that he has such a tremendous bias and animus against Trump that he will say anything and accept any proffer of even bogus evidence to try to remove the president from office". Defense Secretary Mark Esper concurred with Trump that the number was less than 100, but he did not state whether he agreed with the claim they were the "east unsafe", according to the Democratic aid. "That's why they don't have it in an open committee", he said.
"This is appalling", he said.
"Then, why did we spend a decade, billions of dollars and lost lives in trying to curtail ISIS if - on a phone call, on a whim - the president is going to undo all of that and turn this over to the Turks and the Syrians?"
"He was insulting, particularly to the speaker", he said. "She kept her cool completely".
"This was not a dialogue".
"The president has created a crisis in the Middle East", he added. "It was sort of a diatribe, a nasty diatribe not focused on the facts".
Appearing on "Fox & Friends" with host Brian Kilmeade, McCarthy said, "You have a better chance of getting a fair justice system in China than you do in Speaker Pelosi's movement here inside the House".
"Let's see where people stand inside America", McCarthy urged.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, said there were "very offensive accusations being made by the President of the United States".
"I have served with six Presidents". The Americans and the Kurds had fought alongside each other against Islamic State militants, some of whom were captured and jailed under Kurdish control in Syria.