Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said Thursday he has never seen, in his eight years in office, a House speaker act as "disrespectful" as Nancy Pelosi did when she tore up her copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, but also called for a return to civility in Congress and across the nation.
"I was very close to the president at that speech, and saw Nancy Pelosi ripping his speech page-by-page and [throw] it down," McCaul, the House Foreign Affairs Committee's ranking member told, Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
Pelosi defended her actions during a press conference, saying she tore up a "manifesto of mistruths."
"I don't need any lesson from anybody, especially from the president of the United States, especially about dignity," she added. "I think it was entirely appropriate."
McFaul, however, said Pelosi's behavior "was shameful on the House floor. I think the president deserves an apology, but that won't happen."
Her comments came after Trump slammed her earlier in the day during the National Prayer Breakfast, without saying her name, by criticizing people who say they are praying for him when they are not.
McCaul, in response, pleaded for "some civility in the chamber and more civility in this nation."
"And I'm hopeful with this acquittal behind us that we can now move forward to get good things done for the American people, because, after all, that's what I think most Americans want," McCaul said. "They want us to work in a bipartisan way to get good things done for the nation."
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