At least two Democrat lawmakers say they will not shake President Donald Trump’s hand at Tuesday night’s joint session of Congress.
Today, Representative Eliot Engel of New York spoke from the floor to discuss why he made the decision.
He provided a video from his Twitter account.
I have decided not to stand on the aisle of the House chamber to shake the President's hand tonight. My statement: https://t.co/y1reiYkXqM
— Eliot Engel (@RepEliotEngel) February 28, 2017
Engel explained why he chose not to shake his hand.
“Unfortunately, since January 20, the new administration has shown no interest in working with the Congress on both sides to tackle problems, including Russia’s unlawful interference in last year’s election. That’s why I’ve decided not to stand on the aisle of the house chamber to shake the president’s hand during this joint session of Congress as I have done in the past during Democrat and Republican administrations alike.”
He continued to criticize Trump on several issues including Obamacare and immigration.
Engel said it is the first time in 29 years he has made this decision. However, he says he still respects the presidency and will attend the speech tonight.
According to Politico, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is also refusing to shake Trump’s hand.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is reportedly undecided on where she will sit, but, according to a spokesperson, she won’t shake Trump’s hand, either.
These Democrats should grow up and stop acting like children.
I would be honored to shake any president’s hand as a sign of respect, even though I may not agree with Trump on a few issues.
Barack Obama was a lot worse but shaking his hand is something I would do every time too.
Engel and Lee are doing a disservice by acting this way. It is an embarrassment to the constituents they represent.
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