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Pelosi Rips Up Trumps State of the Union Speech After Apparent Handshake Snub

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tore President Donald Trumps State of the Union speech in half just after the president finished speaking on Tuesday night.

Pelosi, 79, was handed a copy of Trumps prepared remarks along with Vice President Mike Pence, 60, before Trump began speaking. She reached out a hand to shake Trumps but he did not shake it.

It wasnt clear whether Trump, 73, saw Pelosis hand as he was turning away from her when she reached out after receiving the copy of Trumps remarks. Trump also did not shake Pences hand, which was not offered.

Trump spoke for about an hour before closing to applause. As he raised his hand and acknowledged the praise, Pelosi ripped the papers she held behind him.

An Epoch Times reporter heard Pelosi respond to a question about why she tore up to the speech. “I tore it up,” she said.

“It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives,” Pelosi also said, according to Fox News.

Pelosi said she was “trying to find one page with truth on it” but failed.

The White House said in a statement that 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 members reunion with his family.”

“Thats her legacy,” the White House added.

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President Donald Trump hands House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a copy of his State of the Union speech before the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington on Feb. 4, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Vice President Mike Pence look on in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington on Feb. 4, 2020. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Pelosi later issued a statement saying Democrats were told “the President would have a positive message on health care.”

“However, President Trumps address tonight gave no comfort to the 130 million Americans with preexisting conditions or the families struggling to afford the prescription drugs they need. Once again, President Trump was not truthful about his actions in court to destroy preexisting condition protections. Once again, President Trump pulled his punch on his promise to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices, which House DemocratsRead More – Source

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