Nancy Pelosi's daughter said she was able to hand Trump a bottle of water in the White House without anyone checking for contamination
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's daughter Alexandra handed President Donald Trump a water bottle in the White House without anyone checking it for contamination, according to a new book about the president. Alexandra Pelosi was directing a film at the White House when the incident happened six weeks after Trump was sworn in, the book, titled "A Very Stable Genius," said, according to an excerpt of it published in Vanity Fair. Pelosi, who had been to the White House before, said it was highly unusual for her to witness such a lax security system. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
The daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was able to hand a bottle of water to President Donald Trump without having anyone check for contamination, according to a new book about the White House. An excerpt from "A Very Stable Genius," written by the Washington Post journalists Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, highlighted a glaring security lapse in the White House that took place six weeks after Trump's inauguration. Vanity Fair published the excerpt on Monday. Alexandra Pelosi had been directing the filming of a documentary inside the White House on March 1, 2017, when the president appeared, the book said. Trump had asked for a bottle of water during filming, but in the absence of a staff member to give him one, Pelosi took out a bottle of Aquafina from her purse and handed it to him, the authors said. To her shock, there were no checks or protocols, the book added. "I've been to the White House," she told Rucker and Leonnig. "There are always protocols. Here there were no rules, no protocol." She added: "There's so much wrong with the whole thing. I'm thinking, Isn't there someone who's supposed to guard what he's eating and drinking?"
The incident appears to be another serious security lapse in the president's entourage. Earlier this month, a US Marine was charged with impersonating a law-enforcement officer and entering a zone around a private terminal used for the president's flights in Florida, Business Insider's David Choi reported, citing court documents. In September, a 33-year-old Chinese national named Yujing Zhang was convicted of trespassing on Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, while carrying electronic devices, passports, and a thumb drive. Rucker and Leonnig's book also details a July 2017 meeting in which Trump called top national-security officials "losers" and "dopes and babies" after they tried to teach him the basics of US diplomacy.
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Pelosi ripped up Trump's State of the Union address after he finished speaking, saying 'it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up pages of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address...House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up pages of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address immediately after he concluded his speech on Tuesday night. That came after Trump appeared to reject a handshake from Pelosi before he began his speech. The open contempt between the two comes nearly two months after Pelosi spearheaded Trump's impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At the end of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up a printed copy of his speech and tossed it aside as the president left the lectern to applause from the rest of the chamber. The stunning gesture of rebuke from Pelosi came after Trump appeared to snub the House Speaker when she attempted to shake his hand before his speech. The open displays of contempt exhibited by the two leaders comes nearly two months after Pelosi spearheaded Trump's impeachment on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. As she exhibited the chamber on Tuesday, Pelosi told reporters that she ripped up the speech because "it was the the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives." Politico editor Blake Hounshell reported Tuesday night that Pelosi's dramatic move wasn't planned. Pelosi rips up copy of Trump’s speech right after he finished. https://t.co/lLZGiDXI0r#SOTU pic.twitter.com/JixDBwLYeG — Dan Linden (@DanLinden) February 5, 2020 Speaker Nancy Pelosi on why she ripped up President Trump’s speech: “Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.” pic.twitter.com/nYTjAZAwGo — Jason Donner (@jason_donner) February 5, 2020 The moment before Pelosi tore up Trump's speech pic.twitter.com/jbx0C0o6cG — Eliza Relman (@eliza_relman) February 5, 2020 The White House quickly condemned Pelosi's move, writing in a tweet that the Speaker disrespected all the Americans honored in Trump's speech. Speaker Pelosi just ripped up:One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.The survival of a child born at 21 weeks.The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller.A service member's reunion with his family.That's her legacy. — The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 5, 2020 Pelosi quickly responded to the criticism with a photo of Trump apparently refusing to shake her hand. Democrats will never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done #ForThePeople. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/ELJqR9q4xD — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 5, 2020 The night was punctuated by a few apparent moments of tension between Pelosi and Trump. Immediately before Trump began his address on Tuesday night, Pelosi reached out to shake the president's hand and Trump snubbed her by turning away without a greeting. She looked surprised and bemused for a moment afterwards. Some of the same dynamics were on display during last year's State of the Union address. A photograph of Pelosi smirking and exaggeratedly applauding Trump during his 2019 State of the Union went viral at the time. Many — led by social media pundits — interpreted the moment as emblematic of their difficult relationship. After Pelosi opened an impeachment inquiry into Trump in late September the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on the two impeachment articles on December 18. The two leaders, who have openly clashed in public multiple times since Pelosi assumed the speakership in January 2019, hadn't spoken since October 2019 before encountering each other in the House chamber for the State of the Union. Throughout Trump's speech, Pelosi's official Twitter account posted a steady stream of attacks and broadsides on the president and his record, including calling him "a liar" and sniping at Trump for taking credit for the negotiation of the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal without acknowledging Pelosi's work on the deal. What Trump meant to say is that under Nancy's leadership, Democrats rewrote & passed an improved economic trade agreement that contains the strongest enforcement mechanisms – securing pivotal victories for workers, lower prescription drug costs & environmental protections. #SOTU — Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 5, 2020 Read more: Trump snubbed Pelosi as she tried to shake his hand before his State of the Union address — nearly 2 months after the House impeached him Nancy Pelosi broke tradition when introducing Trump at the State of the Union, leaving out the words 'honor' and 'privilege' Democratic women are wearing white to Trump's State of the Union address as a shoutout to the women's suffrage movementSEE ALSO: Nancy Pelosi rips up Trump's State of the Union speech after he touts a 'great American comeback' Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
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