Pelosi knocks Trump speech: 'Completely ignored the gun violence epidemic'

Pelosi knocks Trump speech: 'Completely ignored the gun violence epidemic'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Pelosi suggests criminal charges for any lawmaker who helped with Capitol riot Pelosi mum on when House will send impeachment article to Senate MORE (D-Calif.) panned President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE's State of the Union address late Tuesday, noting that for all his warnings about threats against the United States, he did not discuss "the gun violence epidemic."

"It will take days to fact-check all the misrepresentations that the President made tonight," Pelosi said in a statement after Trump's speech. "Instead of fear-mongering and manufacturing a crisis at the border, President Trump should commit to signing the bipartisan conference committee’s bill to keep government open and provide strong, smart border security solutions.

“Sadly, while talking about perceived threats to the safety of the American people, he completely ignored the gun violence epidemic that is claiming lives across the country," she added.


The president did not broadly discuss recent mass shootings during his roughly 80-minute speech. He did reference last October's shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead, though he spoke about the tragedy in the context of confronting anti-Semitism.

Pelosi, who was seated behind Trump during his speech, provided a visible contrast to the tone of the president's address throughout the night, silently expressing disagreement on a number of occasions. She rolled her eyes and shook her head at one point when the president warned that "ridiculous partisan investigations" could derail the country's progress.

In her statement following the speech, Pelosi hammered Trump for threatening Congress over its oversight responsibilities, and his failure to put forward specific legislation on infrastructure investments. 

“President Trump must now take concrete steps to work with Democrats to strengthen the health and economic security of families across America," she said. "After two years of the President’s empty words, the American people deserve real results.”