The shock happened when the women stood to cheer the President after he spoke about women in the workforce. Trump said: “No one has benefited more from a thriving economy than women who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year.” The Congresswomen, including some Democrats, stood to cheer the statistic.
POTUS joked: “You weren’t supposed to do that. Thank you very much.”
He added: “All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than before.”
Then, Trump urged the women to keep standing for his next section.
He said: “Don’t sit yet. You’re going to like this.
“Exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we have more women serving in Congress than at any time.”
At this point, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stood up to clap.
She gestured for others in the room to do the same.
Congresswomen were wearing white for the State of Union address to mark this special milestone in women’s equality.
The rare show of support for the President is a far cry from the breakdown in talks over the government shutdown in recent weeks.
The President and the Speaker have been at loggerheads over government funding for a border wall between the US and Mexico.
Trump demanded $5million (£3.9billion) but this was flatly rejected by the newly-won Democrat House of Representatives
The shutdown last 35 days, the longest in US history, before Trump finally conceded to a temporary relief from the shutdown.
However, he said plans to bring it back by February 15 if the matter has not been worked out.