President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE broke with tradition on Tuesday and didn't wait for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats scramble to reach deal on taxes On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Key CDC panel backs Moderna, J&J boosters MORE (D-Calif.) to introduce him before delivering his State of the Union address.
The Speaker of the House typically makes an introduction once the president reaches the dais. That traditionally comes after the House sergeant-at-arms announces the president's entrance into the House chamber.
Last year, for example, then-Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) formally introduced Trump before the president began speaking. But this time Trump launched right into his speech after shaking hands with Pelosi and Vice President Pence.
Pelosi, after the speech, rejected the idea that Trump snubbed her or broke any kind of protocol ahead of the speech.
"What do you mean? I introduced him," Pelosi told a handful of reporters as she left the Capitol. "I did introduce him. I said, 'Members of Congress, I present you the president of the United States.' There was no snub."
"It went quickly, I guess."
Pelosi and Trump have repeatedly clashed since she became Speaker last month.
Pelosi initially invited Trump to deliver the State of the Union in late January, but then requested that he postpone the address amid the partial government shutdown. Trump then moved to prevent Pelosi and other Democrats from traveling on a congressional delegation to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan.
Trump eventually relented on pushing to deliver the State of the Union on the originally planned date of Jan. 29. Pelosi later invited Trump to give the speech on Tuesday once the shutdown ended.
Mike Lillis contributed.