Elizabeth Warren appeared to refuse to shake hands with Bernie Sanders at the end of a heated debate among all the Democratic presidential candidates. Video of the exchange shows Senator Warren approaching Senator Sanders as he extends his hand as if offering to shake it but soon retracts it as Warren makes a seemingly dismissive gesture. The pair could be seen exchanging a few words, with Warren holding her right hand in her left, before fellow candidate Tom Steyer approached them to put an end to their discussion and the senators walked away in opposite directions.
Warren did not comment on the alleged statements her colleague reportedly said in the past: “I think the best way to talk about who can win is by looking at people’s winning record.
“So, can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage – collectively they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election they have been in are the women. Amy and me.”
Amy Klobuchar, a senator for Minnesota since 2007, could be seen standing at her lectern pointing at Warren and nodding in agreement.
The Democratic Debate in Iowa was the last opportunity candidates hoping to be selected to represent their party against Donald Trump in November ahead of the Iowa Caucus, the first primary of the presidential election cycle, in February.
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Donald Trump saw support for his administration surge in the aftermath of the assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on January 3 but the US President is yet to face an impeachment trial in the Senate next week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Republican-held upper house will initiate the first steps of the process in the coming days to potentially start the hearing next Tuesday.
Speaking to The Hill, Senator McConnell said: “We’ll be able in all likelihood to go through some preliminary steps here this week, which could well include the chief justice coming over and swearing-in members of the Senate and some other kind of housekeeping measures.”
The Senate is expected to give House impeachment managers 24 hours to make their case in favour of removing Mr Trump from the White House and another 24 hours to the President’s lawyers to table their defence.
Last month President Trump became the third US President to ever be impeached in the House after Bill Clinton in 1998 and Andrew Johnson in 1868.