Trump used speech to brag about ‘the great American comeback’ but House speaker said she couldn’t find ‘one page with truth on it’An emboldened Donald Trump bragged about the “great American comeback” in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, in a speech resembling an 81-minute re-election rally that prompted the most powerful woman in Congress to rip up her copy of the speech on national television.The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said she tore up the address, which he delivered on the eve of the verdict in his impeachment trial, because she couldn’t find “one page with truth on it”. Continue reading...
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He declined to shake her outstretched hand. She omitted his ceremonial introduction and ripped up her...He declined to shake her outstretched hand. She omitted his ceremonial introduction and ripped up her copy of his speech.
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
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...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. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 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