House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) made her lack of enthusiasm for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech apparent throughout the remarks, applauding half-heartedly and then quickly exiting the chamber after the speech, before Netanyahu did.
.@Nancypelosi has appeared distressed in body language and facial expressions for extended time during this speech.— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) March 3, 2015
Pelosi faulted House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) for inviting Netanyahu in the first place.
“It is out of the ordinary that the speaker would decide that he would be inviting people to a joint session without any bipartisan consultation,” she said in January. “This presentation will take place within two weeks of the election in Israel, and I don’t think that’s appropriate for any country that the head of state would come here.”