President Trump appeared to mock House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week by gleefully handing out souvenir pens at the USMCA signing ceremony -- a move that came after Pelosi was slammed for handing out souvenir pens with her name on them on the day she signed the resolution to transmit two articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate.
BREAKING:— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 29, 2020
The President has officially signed the USMCA, fulfilling yet another promise to repeal the broken NAFTA
This is a historic moment for the country
Yet CNN & MSNBC refused to carry it live
RT so they can’t ignore this massive WIN for America! pic.twitter.com/xJJ4E69nMO
Pelosi, D-Calif., gave out the commemorative pens Jan. 15 to a number of House Democrats who were involved in impeachment, a stark contrast from what she had repeatedly said was a "somber" and "prayerful" act. This led a number of commentators to condemn her as hypocritical and tone-deaf.
Handing out ceremonial pens is a common tradition among American elected officials as when a president or other leader uses a pen to sign a historical document, it also becomes historical. President Barack Obama, for example, used 22 pens to sign his signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
The former president didn't catch heat for that celebratory act as the groundbreaking legislation he boosted became law, but Obama had not made it a point to wear dark colors for the "solemn" act of signing the ACA, as Pelosi did with impeachment.
For the first time in American History, we have replaced a disastrous Trade Deal that REWARDED outsourcing with a truly FAIR and RECIPROCAL Trade Deal that will keep jobs, wealth and growth right here in AMERICA! pic.twitter.com/bDe8IV9DyD— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020