- The speaker of the US House of Representatives has torn the speech delivered by Donald Trump on the state of the nation
- Nancy Pelosi tore the speech into half after she was snubbed for a handshake by Trump
- Pelosi after the incident said the speech on the State of the Nation by President Trump was "dirty"
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Just as the United States of America's lawmakers applauded President Donald Trump after delivering his State of the Nation speech on Tuesday, February 4, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, ripped the statement handed over to her by the president.
Pelosi's action came after Trump turned around to shake hands with the lawmakers seated behind him but snubbed the speaker who offered him a handshake.
The speaker in what appeared to be savagery, tore the statement she received from Trump into half while others applauded.
Also, Trump who appeared not to have noticed Pelosi's action joined the lawmakers and those present to clap as he stepped down from the podium where he gave the speech.
In a reaction to the incident, the White House in a tweet said the speaker ripped apart one of its last surviving Tuskegee Airmen - one of a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II.
The US president had honoured airman in his speech.
The White House said: "The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member's reunion with his family."
However, defending her action, Pelosi while speaking to journalists after the incident said the speech on the State of the Nation by President Trump was "dirty".
ABC News reports that Pelosi said she ripped the speech: "because it was a courteous thing to do considering the alternative. It was such a dirty speech."
Also, shortly after the event, Pelosi in a tweet said the Democrats will never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done for the people of America.
She 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"
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