It became apparent soon after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) was not pleased by the proceedings.
Political reporters and other observers began tweeting about her angry gestures and frustration with Netanyahu as he laid out why the Obama administration’s potential nuclear deal with Iran would be a disaster for Israel and the Middle East.
Pelosi looks so pissed right now.
— Jimmy Zhang (@imyjimmy) March 3, 2015
Nancy Pelosi looks ENRAGED on the House floor. She shook her head and covered her eyes at one point. — Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 3, 2015
Anyone notice Nancy Pelosi is standing up front with her back to Netanyahu, and TALKING, while he gives his speech! — John Lair (@johnlair58) March 3, 2015
Pelosi joined in final applause for Netanyahu only briefly. She stopped clapping long before everyone else. Not hiding her irritation. — Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) March 3, 2015
NANCY PELOSI just walked out of the chamber BEFORE Netanyahu. Very clear how unhappy she was with parts of the speech. Hoyer remained. — Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 3, 2015
In a statement, Pelosi dramatically said she was “near tears” about the speech for insulting U.S. intelligence.
Pelosi: “I was near tears” in Bibi speech, “saddened” by insult to US intel in Iran talks & “condescension” re: US awareness of Iran threat. — jennifer bendery (@jbendery) March 3, 2015