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
President Donald Trump snubbed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she went to shake his hand at the Start of the State of the Union on Tuesday. Trump's speech, delivered before the House, came nearly two months after he was impeached in the chamber over his dealings with Ukraine. The president and Pelosi had not spoken for four months prior to the awkward moment. Pelosi also ripped up a transcript of the address moments after Trump finished speaking. There was palpable tension in the room between Republicans and Democrats the entire night.
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President Donald Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand at the start of his third State of the Union address on Tuesday, which came almost two months after his impeachment. Pelosi reached out to shake the president's hand, and Trump snubbed her. The House Speaker looked somewhat surprised and bemused as he walked away to begin his address, which came on the eve of Trump's expected acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial.
Nancy Pelosi went in for the handshake aaaaand....Trump ignored it. pic.twitter.com/c8kFSP3kQr — Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) February 5, 2020
The animosity between Trump and Pelosi, and relatedly between Democrats and Republicans, was in many ways the biggest theme of the night as the president delivered his address on Tuesday. At the end of Trump's speech, Pelosi ripped up a transcript of the address. When asked by a reporter why she tore up the speech, Pelosi said, "Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives."
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
The president and Pelosi have long had a contentious relationship, but his impeachment exacerbated tensions and Trump in recent weeks has gone after the House Speaker via Twitter. Less than a week before Tuesday's speech, for example, Trump tweeted: "Nancy Pelosi wants Congress to take away authority Presidents use to stand up to other countries and defend AMERICANS. Stand with your Commander in Chiefs!" The president was tweeting in relation to House votes on measures aimed at limiting his ability to launch a war against Iran. Trump's decision on January 3 to order a drone strike that killed Iran's top military leader, Qassem Soleimani, has raised fears of a broader conflict between Washington and Tehran. Trump became only the second president in US history, following Bill Clinton, to deliver a State of the Union address after being impeached. Though he was impeached relatively recently and his Senate trial is not yet over, the president just earned the highest approval ratings of his tenure thus far, according to a newly released Gallup poll. 49% of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, while 50% of disapprove, the poll found.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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President Donald Trump delivered his third annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. His national...President Donald Trump delivered his third annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. His national address comes less than two months after the House charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and a day before the Senate is set to end his impeachment trial with an acquittal. The president defended his record and celebrated what he perceives as his achievements, particularly the state of the economy, in a speech designed to layout his path to reelection. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump delivered his third annual State of the Union address at on Tuesday, less than two months after the House charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and a day before the Senate is set to end his impeachment trial with an acquittal. The president defended his record and celebrated what he perceives as his achievements, particularly the state of the economy. In a meeting with news network anchors on Tuesday, Trump said his fourth address to a joint session of Congress would be "low key." The president touted a "great American comeback," three years after decrying American carnage in his inauguration speech. "In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American Decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America's destiny," Trump is planning to say. "We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never going back!" Trump has been boosted by strong poll numbers in recent days. A Gallup poll released Tuesday found Trump reached his highest approval ratings of his presidency amid the ongoing Senate impeachment trial. Two Democrats delivered the party's official response following Trump's address. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer focused her speech on the economy and Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar, who delivered her address in Spanish, highlighted the president's anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric. "It doesn't matter what the president says about the stock market," Whitmer said in her prepared speech, the New York Times reported. "What matters is that millions of people struggle to get by or don't have enough money at the end of the month after paying for transportation, student loans or prescription drugs." Follow along below for live coverage: SEE ALSO: Trump baselessly claims Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will run against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and 'kick his ass' Women members of the House and Senate wear white to the State of the Union Democratic women from the House and Senate are wearing white to Trump's State of the Union address as a nod to the suffragette movement. Trump snubs Pelosi by denying her a handshake Pelosi reached out to shake the president's hand, and Trump snubbed her by turning away without a greeting. The House Speaker looked somewhat surprised and bemused as he walked away to begin his address. Trump touts the economy Trump spent the first several minutes of his speech boasting about the US economy. "In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America's destiny," Trump said. "We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago and we are never going back." Trump exaggerates his military investments, claiming "out military is completely rebuilt" Trump claimed his administration has "completely rebuilt" the military. The statement is an exaggeration – the US military still has outdated equipment that needs to be replaced, according to The New York Times. Trump also said his administration has "invested a record-breaking $2.2 trillion in the United States Military." The figure is closer to $2.1 trillion and former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush both spent more on the military between 2007 and 2012 than Trump has. Trump awards conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump invited conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, an outspoken supporter of his, as his guest to the address, just a day after Limbaugh announced he'd been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The president announced earlier on Tuesday that he would award Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom. First lady Melania Trump bestowed the award on the radio host during Trump's address. Limbaugh has a long history of making racist comments, among other controversial statements. Trump celebrates his killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian general Qassem Soleimani Trump spoke about his recent assassinations of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The president honored Carl and Marsha Mueller, whose daughter Kayla was held hostage murdered by al-Baghdadi. He also honored Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Hake, who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb, which Trump said was planted by Soleimani's forces. Trump stages reunion of military family Trump invited Amy Williams, whose husband, Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams, was deployed to Afghanistan. He surprised Amy by bring her husband home — and to the address — on Tuesday. "Amy's kids have not seen their father's face in many months. Amy, your family's sacrifice makes it possible for all of our families to live in safety and peace — we thank you," Trump said. Nancy Pelosi rips up a copy of Trump's State of the Union At the end of Trump's address, 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. 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."
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