Politics

Pelosi Refuses to Clap When Trump Talks About American Job Creation

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) did not clap on Tuesday night after President Trump touted American job creation as one of his priorities.

Trump was delivering an address to a joint session of Congress and discussed several issues, including immigration and job creation.

"Since my election, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others have announced that they will invest billions and billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs," Trump said.

After Trump touted his progress in job creation so far, many Republican members of Congress gave him a standing ovation, including Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.).

When the camera panned to Pelosi, she did not clap or give Trump a standing ovation. Instead, she sat with an apathetic facial expression, as her colleagues clapped.

Pelosi used a colorful analogy during a small briefing with reporters on Tuesday in her Capitol suite that compared Trump to a friend's boyfriend, who she called a "jerk."

"The way I told my members: It's like telling your friend the guy she's dating is a jerk. You can't tell her that. She has to find out for herself," Pelosi said. "You can give her clues and then eventually one thing will lead to another, she'll come to her conclusion."

"But if you tell her right up front, you'll lose a friend. So we're not interested in losing any friends. Let them find out," Pelosi said.