Pelosi Cites State of the Union, When She Ripped Trump’s Speech, as Example of Her Bipartisanship

March 29, 2020

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Sunday referenced her attendance at President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, where she stood up and tore Trump's speech, as an example of her effort to work with the president. 

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Pelosi whether she had reached out to President Trump amid the coronavirus legislation process when communication between leaders is important. Pelosi said her responsibility as the speaker is to pass legislation and does not require her to communicate with Trump. 

"Don't forget, I was there for the State of the Union address and did greet the president at that time," Pelosi said during an interview on CNN's State of the Union. "So again, that's not what's important. What's important is what's important to America's working families: their health, their lives, their livelihood."

Tapper said there were reports the speaker and the president had not spoken in five months and pointed out that none of the Democratic leaders were invited to Trump's signing of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Friday.