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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDonald Trump proved himself by winning fight for border security Trump should beware the 'clawback' Congress The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday she appreciated that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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.


"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 TrumpFour names emerge for UN position: report Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration MORE, daughter-in-law Lara Trump and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Rule change sharpens Dem investigations into Trump Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry 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.