- The speaker of the US House of Representatives has torn up Donald Trump's State of the Union speech
- Nancy Pelosi tore the speech in half after Trump refused to shake her hand
- Pelosi said the speech by President Trump was "dirty"
Just as US lawmakers applauded President Donald Trump after delivering his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, ripped up 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 when she offered him a handshake.
Pelosi tore the statement she received from Trump in half while others applauded.
Trump, who appeared not to have noticed Pelosi's action, joined 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 said the speaker had also '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 the 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 about ripping up the oages:
"Because it was a courteous thing to do considering the alternative. It was such a dirty speech."
Shortly after the event, Pelosi said the Democrats would never stop extending the hand of friendship to get the job done for the people of America.
"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"
Meanwhile, Pelosi and some other US lawmakers had started plans to reverse the visa ban on Nigeria and five other countries by President Trump.
Pelosi said she views the ban as discriminatory because it reportedly has a religious undertone.
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