After President Trump delivered the annual State of the Union address, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of President Trump's prepared remarks at the conclusion of his State of the Union address.
As Trump finished his speech, most of the lawmakers in attendance stood to applaud the President's speech. Pelosi took the printed copy of Trump's speech in front of her and tore it in half. She then placed the torn up copy of on the desk in front of her.
The gesture came after Trump appeared to snub her attempt at shaking his hand before the speech started. Asked afterward why she tore the speech up, Pelosi told reporters it was "the courteous thing to do given the alternative."
The two lawmakers have been at odds since Trump took office in 2016. Pelosi seemed to avoid looking at Trump throughout the speech, instead looking down to read from his prepared remarks.
The State of the Union address came just weeks after the House impeached Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote to acquit the President.
The rounds of applause came mostly from the Republicans seated in the crowd. The Democrats in attendance only appeared to applaud periodically.
Pelosi seemed visibly upset and shown on camera shaking her head when Trump promised to save Medicare and Social Security.
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