The tension between Speaker of the US House of Reps, Nancy Pelosi and President Trump boiled over on Tuesday as the speaker ripped up her copy of President Trump’s prepared remarks at the conclusion of his State of the Union address. Before that incident, Trump himself had shunned the Speaker’s handshake when he stepped up to the podium to deliver his annual State Of the Union address.
As Trump finished speaking and most lawmakers stood to applaud, Pelosi stood, took the printed copy of Trump’s speech and tore it in half. She placed the shredded copy in a stack on the dais as Trump made his way to greet members of Congress.
The speaker later told reporters it was “the courteous thing to do given the alternative.” The two have had a bad blood ever since the House impeached Trump in December of 2019.
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