Before addressing Congress, the American leader refused to shake hands with the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, February 4, after U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress with the annual State of the Union address defiantly tore the text of his speech.
The American leader gave a copy of his message to the speaker a few minutes before the start of the speech. At that point, Pelosi reached out to the president, but Trump refused to shake it and turned away.
As soon as the president had finished talking, the speaker behind him took the papers off the table and tore them up.
“It was courteous, given the (available) alternatives,” she told reporters in response to a request for comment on the motives behind the act.
Recall, in September, Democrats initiated the procedure of impeachment of the U.S. President in the House of Representatives.
The reason for the proceedings was the information that the American leader put pressure on the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, demanding to start an investigation against Joe Biden’s son in exchange for unfreezing military aid.
Pelosi said during the investigation that Trump “abused power and violated his oath.”