Trump-Pelosi Feud Erupts During Speech to Congress as Impeachment Trial Nears End

A bitter feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi boiled over at his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, with Trump denying her a handshake and Pelosi ripping apart a copy of his remarks behind his back.

Trump avoided the subject of his impeachment drama in a pugnacious 80-minute speech, but the raw wounds from the battle were evident with fellow Republicans giving him standing ovations while rival Democrats for the most part remained seated.

The Republican-led Senate was expected to acquit him of charges he abused his powers and obstructed Congress during a vote beginning at 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT) on Wednesday.

Seeing Pelosi, the U.S. House of Representatives speaker, for the first time since she stormed out of a White House meeting four months ago, Trump declined to shake her outstretched hand as he gave her a paper copy of his remarks before starting to speak.

Despite having not spoken to Trump since their last meeting, Pelosi appeared to be taken aback. She avoided citing the customary “high privilege and distinct honor” that usually accompanies the speaker’s introduction of the president to Congress.

“Members of Congress, the President of the United States” was all she said in introducing Trump.

When his speech ended, Pelosi stood and tore up her copy of the remarks he had handed her, later telling reporters it was “the courteous thing to do, considering the alternative.”

Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, said of Pelosi: “Her hatred for @realdonaldtrump has blinded her to the repulsive nature of her smug, elitist behavior.”

After the event, Pelosi tweeted a photo of her with her hand reaching out to Trump and said, “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”

The tension was a sign that little legislative progress should be expected with the presidential election nine months away.

The impeachment case has intensified bitter feelings between Trump, a former reality TV star-turned conservative politician, and Pelosi, a California liberal, that have existed throughout his presidency. He routinely calls her “Crazy Nancy” at his campaign rallies.

‘FOUR MORE YEARS’

As he began the speech, Republicans from both houses of Congress chanted “four more years” while he stood at the lectern in the chamber of the House.

Democrats sat silently and some could be seen shaking their heads as Trump declared, “The state of our union is stronger than ever before.”

Pelosi, who dropped her opposition to impeachment and allowed Democratic lawmakers to seek the charges against him, sat stoically and grim-faced behind Trump and paged through a paper copy of his speech as he spoke.

Trump entered the chamber with Democrats experiencing unease and chaos after technical glitches delayed the results of voting in Iowa on Monday, the first 2020 contest as the party seeks a nominee to face the incumbent Republican.

Trump presented himself as a big improvement over Democratic President Barack Obama, whom he succeeded three years ago, saying he had bolstered U.S. economic growth and increased jobs.

“In just three short years we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny,” he said.

The House impeachment managers, acting as prosecutors in the Senate impeachment trial, were seated together at the front of the Democrats’ section.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN PROTEST

Many House Democratic women wore white for a second year in a row, a sign of the suffrage movement that won women the right to vote 100 years ago. Several Democratic lawmakers refused to attend the annual speech to protest Trump, such as liberal firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Trump, using the speech to lay out his vision for a second four-year term, said a Democratic plan to expand government-funded health insurance amounted to a “socialist takeover” that would bankrupt the country, cut benefits for those who have them now and provide care to illegal immigrants.

Democratic presidential candidates and many lawmakers have proposed healthcare plans that would be run by the government, a sharp departure from the current, private system in which millions of Americans receive medical insurance from their employers.

Trump’s lack of a healthcare plan has left him open to criticism that he has not put enough work into finding a way to reduce rising insurance costs that burden middle-class Americans.

“We will never let socialism destroy American healthcare!” Trump said.

Democratic women stood and chanted “HR 3” – a reference to a Democratic bill that would lower drug costs.

In the televised Democratic response to Trump’s speech, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said: “Democrats are trying to make your healthcare better. Republicans in Washington are trying to take it away.”

Trump offered an upbeat portrayal of his presidency in hopes of persuading Americans to give him another four-year term in the Nov. 3 election.He saluted surprise guest Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader, and made cancer-stricken conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh an immediate recipient of the presidential Medal of Freedom, with Trump’s wife Melania pinning the ribbon around Limbaugh’s neck.

Trump also revived his polarizing arguments that migrants should be stopped from crossing the southern U.S. border and that so-called “sanctuary cities” where migrants are protected are wrong. His immigration policies are opposed by Democrats.

Pelosi could be seen shaking her head as Trump spoke of his views on immigration.

After coming close to a broad conflict with Iran after he ordered the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Trump said, “We are working to end America’s wars in the Middle East.”

(Additional reporting by David Morgan, Patricia Zengerle and Jeff Mason; Editing by Andy Sullivan and Howard Goller)

Responses

  1. What a childish petty display by Pelosi! She will be remembered in history for this one disgusting and disrespectful act. That signed speech was not hers to destroy. It belonged the the American People, and what she did was full of spite and hatred for not just Trump, but for the entire nation.

    1. Peter, get a grip. She tore a pieces of paper in half. It was not one of Trumpian sacred symbols, MAGA hats, a photo of the wall, or a picture of Putin. It was the typed speech. And any Trump supporter can tell you childish and petty are the new version of strong leadership. Under what rock have you been hiding?

      1. Phylliphilis Perhaps some research on your part may be worthwhile. Your shoot from the hip snarkiness leads to the question…..”Under what rock have you been hiding?” Prison may outclass her!

        US Code prohibits the destruction of government records

        Nancy Pelosi may have just committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2071, Section 2071 (a) when she ripped up President Trump’s State of the Union address

        This violation is punishable by up to three years in prison

          1. News Flash “I’m filing an ethics complaint against @SpeakerPelosi for destroying @realDonaldTrump’s State of the Union speech,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican, wrote on Twitter.
            Win or lose it will be filed “filed life”.

  2. “I’d be willing to try. But the left wants over 11 million illegals to be on that payroll as well.” Don Snyder

    We have to start somehow. Will a major change to an embedded and very corrupt system be switched over to something brand new (to us) without a hitch? Come on, this is the U.S.! Of course not. But we have to do it regardless because what we have now is untenable.

    And don’t forget that the current administration’s GOAL is to make sure MORE of us can get no health care at all. This can’t last.

  3. The speech she ripped up was worth more than all her commemorative impeachment pens. Such grace, such poise, such a solemn act of cooperation with the President. Such Bull Crap.

  4. Re: our health care system is a – “private system in which millions of Americans receive medical insurance from their employers” Article

    And which shamefully guarantees that MILLIONS of us will never be covered! Other countries do it right. Why can’t the richest most powerful country in the world with such a strong economy (according to dummy)?

  5. Can you imagine the filth he would have gotten on his hand had he shook her hand.

    1. Filth or fifth? Why did she bother to read it while he was speaking?

  6. After the event, Pelosi tweeted a photo of her with her hand reaching out to Trump and said, “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”
    Is she joking: The left has done nothing but harrass, intimidate, badger and try to impeach this President for trying to make America stronger and stop heading toward Socialism, which is where the left wants us to go. She’s a crazy, drunk lady who has no business leading anything. Term limits would fix this, smarter voters would eliminate it.

  7. Nancy shows the world what she and her party really are. She shows the world the contempt she and her party have for American people. The disdain for Trump and his supporters. The names on that speech matter. She tore them in half. Her base might think this was some boss move, but it’s not. It’s an adult tantrum. It’s disgraceful.

    Stephanie and Janiyah Davis
    Juan Guaido
    Kelli and Gage Hake
    Jody Jones
    Iain Lanphier
    Retired Brigadier General Charles McGee Tuskegee Airman
    Paul Morrow
    Carl and Marsha Mueller
    Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz
    Tony Rankins, Former US Army
    Robin and Ellie Schneider
    Ivan Simonovis
    Joshua Smith
    The Williams Family

    For the lefties celebrating, you celebrate the shredding of these names.

  8. Yes Nancy we see you it’s ok we noticed your little temper tantrum now can you act like an adult for a little while. Maybe do some actual work earn that ridiculous salary and benefits just for one term one single term. Is that really so much to ask that you actually do your job. Billions of humans merely do their job on a daily basis and you lazy scumbags in the government just take and take while not even doing your job.

  9. Pelosi is an embarrassment. She didn’t show respect in introduction; in facial distress during speech and tearing up speech at the end. She obviously has problems. My guess is substance abuse. She lost impeachment due to bad case; very poor selection of lawyers and obvious antics by al Democrats. This might be the end of their Party!

  10. White Congresspersons boycott Obama’s SOTU – “racism.” Black Congresspersons boycott Trump’s SOTU – RACISM! Zero difference, and quite telling, especially when members of the DemonKKKrat party wear the same white that the Klan they birthed wore 150 years ago….

  11. Pelosi is a classless swine. Folks, it’s time for the Botox hag and the other Dems to go…vote them out in November. Pelosi not only has a mental disorder, she IS a mental disorder. She also allows the rest of those ugly, hideous witches to be disrespectful…I’m talking to you Ilhan and Tlaib. Schools over!

    1. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one to note that she had some Botox done to her face. Did you see her reaction, when California was noted in the speech?

  12. Not necessarily a “Trump-Pelosi Feud”. More of a Pelosi/Democrat hate fest. How should the President behave towards the person who allowed the likes of AOC and her hateful squad to force his impeachment?. She wasn’t strong enough to control them even though she knew it was the wrong action to take. But her juvenile behavior last night is out there and perhaps some undecided voters are no longer undecided. It was the ultimate disrespect to this country and the position she holds.

    1. I couldn’t agree more to Cherl’s comments. A disgraceful way to behave in her position and disrespectful of the President of our country. She should resign or be removed from her position if she cannot support her President.

  13. Demon crats showed how they hate President Trump and ALL Americans.

    I could not stop clapping for all the wonderful people President Trump introduced and Honored.

    Everyone saw how the demon crats honored them.

  14. The Junior High School behavior by the Dims since President Trump was elected is on full display to all Americans. Remember this next time you vote !!!

  15. A great speech by the President on the SOTU marked repeatedly by temper tantrums, pettiness, grimaces, disrespect and the usual, expected HATRED and DENIAL of this President’s records by the D’RATS. Pelosi showed her ass throughout the 80 minute speech capped off by her tearing up her copy of the speech. In a way, it was gratifying to see her show her true anti-American colors, reconfirming her legacy of HATE and have it follow her back to her Illegal Alien, D’RAT ruined sh**hole for the rest of her miserable, drunken life.

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