Pelosi: Trump forgot to mention newly elected women are mostly Dems

Pelosi: Trump forgot to mention newly elected women are mostly Dems
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she appreciated that President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE acknowledged the record number of women serving in Congress during his State of the Union speech, but said she was disappointed he failed to note that most of them are Democrats.

"He forgot to acknowledge it's only 15, what is it, 15 Republicans and 91 Democratic women in the Congress of the United States on the House side," Pelosi told reporters after the address.

"So it was like weird you’re bringing this up," she added. "And I loved the way the women just rose to the occasion."

Trump received bipartisan applause in the House chamber Tuesday night when he recognized the economic and political gains of women in the past year.

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"No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women," Trump said during his speech, noting that the demographic filled 58 percent of newly created jobs in 2018.

The women of the Democratic caucus, all dressed in white to honor the suffragettes, rose to their feet and applauded.

The chamber stood and cheered again when the president noted that there are more women in the workforce than at any other point in history.

"Don’t sit yet, you’re going to like this," he continued. "And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before.”

At that point, representatives from both parties stood and applauded. Democratic female lawmakers hugged and high-fived one another, while Trump's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Trump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia Ivanka Trump talking to lawmakers about gun reform legislation: report MORE, daughter-in-law Lara Trump and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Trump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia Trump administration releases new 'public charge' rule making it easier to reject immigrants MORE were shown standing and applauding as chants of "USA" broke out.

"That’s great," Trump said. "Really great. And congratulations."

More than 100 women were elected to Congress in last year's midterm elections, setting a record. The wave of new female representatives helped propel Democrats as the party picked up more than 40 seats in the House to retake the majority.