House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that President Donald Trump appeared to be “sedated” during his State of the Union Address Tuesday.
The California Democrat, who’s been raging out following the president’s acquittal Wednesday on impeachment charges, made the accusation during an interview on Thursday after President Trump’s speech at the annual congressional prayer breakfast.
Explaining a few of the awkward moments between her and POTUS caught on camera during the SOTU, Pelosi claimed she reached out to shake Trump’s hand as “an act of kindness,” because she noticed he seemed “sedated.”
“Again, I extended a hand of friendship to him to welcome him as the President of the United States to the people’s House,” she said, adding, “It was also an act of kindness, ’cause it looked to me like he was a little sedated – he looked that way last year, too.”
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Pelosi later claimed Trump’s handshake snub had nothing to do with her decision to rip up her copy of the president’s speech at the end of his address.
“…He didn’t want to shake hands. That was that. That meant nothing to me. It had nothing to do with my tearing up,” she claimed.
Also in the interview, she was asked if she believed tearing the speech was “dignified” or emblematic of Michelle Obama’s advice to take the “high ground.”
“Did you step on that message?” the reporter asked.
“No, I did not. No, I did not,” she answered, adding, “I tore up a manifesto of mistruths…It was necessary to get the attention of the American people, to say this is not true…And I don’t need any lessons from anybody, especially the president of the United States, about dignity.”