Watch Trump snub Nancy Pelosi's handshake at the State of the Union

Marco Green
February 5, 2020

Partisan discord was apparent at the Capitol as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of US President Donald Trump's speech as he ended his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The US president walked into the House chamber to the applause of congressional Republicans.

After the president concluded his almost 90-minute address, Pelosi ripped up the paper copy of his speech she had in front of her with a pointed flourish.

Asked immediately after Trump's speech why she tore up the transcript, Pelosi told reporters: "Because it was the courteous thing to do", adding that it was "the courteous thing to do considering the alternative".

Trump ignored Pelosi's extended hand - either that or he really went out of his way to not see it - and instead turned back toward the lectern. Trump had just spent an hour and a half refusing to give Democrats credit for any legislature passed in 2019, and started off the night by refusing to shake the House Speaker's hand. Last year, as the address was given right after the end of a 35-day government shutdown over the disagreement with Democrats on border security funding, Pelosi clapped in a rather sarcastic manner when the USA president was speaking about rejecting the politics of "revenge, resistance and retribution" in a video that soon went viral. However, the official White House Twitter account took a dim view of Pelosi's move, interpreting it as a monumental act of disrespect toward those honored in the president's speech.

In the video of the dramatic moment, which you can watch below, a steely faced Pelosi rises up from her seat behind the dais, while Trump is still saying "thank you" to the joint sessions of Congress.

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