Speaker Pelosi’s Awkward Applause During Trump’s States of the Union Makes Headlines

Speaker Pelosi’s Awkward Applause During Trump’s States of the Union Makes Headlines

Speaker Pelosi’s Awkward Applause During Trump’s States of the Union Makes Headlines

Some of social media suggested she was reading ahead in Trump's speech or fact-checking his claims. His speech sought to shore up Republican support that had eroded slightly during the recent government shutdown and previewed a fresh defense against Democrats as they ready a round of investigations into every aspect of his administration. He pushed his party into a lengthy government shutdown over border security, only to cave to Democrats.

"Foolish wars, politics, and ridiculous partisan investigations" are the only obstacles to the "miracle" of American economic growth, Trump said, to a mixed reaction of enthusiastic applause and bemused looks. Many House Democratic women wore white, the color favored by early 20th-century suffragettes. With that deadline 10 days away, Trump called on lawmakers "to defend our very risky southern border" from gangs and drugs.

As he stood before lawmakers, the president was surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition.

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"How can a president of the United States give a State of the Union speech and not mention climate change?" asked the Vermont Senator and 2016 presidential primary contender.

Trump is making his second State of the Union address with a new backdrop: for the first time a Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi of California, will be looking over Trump's shoulder as he speaks in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol. Had she won, she would have become America's first black female governor.

President Trump's address amounted to an opening argument for his re-election campaign. That has left the White House to deliberate privately over whether the president will invoke a national emergency, which he has asserted could allow him to use statutory authority to redirect Pentagon funding for a barrier at the U.S. -Mexico border - a project the president had repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for.

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Already many Venezuelans have to cross into neighboring states for medicine and supplies, such is the dire situation at home. He said: 'I'm not going to be a traitor, a weak man who turned his back on his historic commitments to his people.

"The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat Agenda. It just doesn't work that way".

"Tonight, Donald Trump spoke of "choosing greatness" but there is nothing great about his administration's repeated choices to abandon USA leadership in the global fight against climate change, to eliminate vital protections for public lands and to roll back the clean air and water safeguards that make our communities safe and healthy places to live", said League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski, who attended the speech as a guest of New York Congressman Paul Tonko, in a statement.

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Trump's guests for the speech include Anna Marie Johnson, a woman whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by the president, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who has been bullied over his last name.

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