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 PelosiOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she appreciated that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment 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 TrumpOn The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel MORE, daughter-in-law Lara Trump and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFinancial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel Kim Kardashian West joins Trump at White House event for ex-prisoners 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.