Courtesy of ABC News:

Pressed by ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on what he was trying to accomplish with his personal attacks on Pelosi this week, the president shot back, insisting the speaker started it when she accused Trump of leading a cover-up.

Pelosi on Thursday also said Trump’s family or members of his administration need to stage “an intervention.”

“When you say ‘a personal attack,’ did you hear what she said about me long before I went after her?” Trump asked. “Did you hear? She made horrible statements. She knows they are not true.”

“She said terrible things, so I just responded in kind,” he added. “Look, you think Nancy is the same as she was? She’s not.”

Remember Trump tweeted an edited video of Nancy Pelosi to falsely claim that she is struggling with her mental health in response to her suggestion that Trump’s family and aides should stage an intervention.

The difference, of course, is that Pelosi was responding to actual things Trump has said and done in public and in private which indicate that he needs help, whereas Trump manufactured a false narrative simply to attack somebody he views as a threat. 

These are the kinds of tactics used by middle school bullies, not leaders of the free world.