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Trump’s clapping during address draws amusement, derision on social media

US President Donald Trump’s applause during Tuesday night’s address was audible over and over again as cameras cut away from him.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2018 20:16 IST
US President Donald Trump claps during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives in Washington on January 30, 2018.
US President Donald Trump claps during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives in Washington on January 30, 2018. (AFP)

US President Donald Trump’s repeated clapping throughout his first State of the Union address drew reactions ranging from amusement to derision on social media.

Trump’s applause during Tuesday night’s address was audible over and over again as cameras cut away from the president and showed lawmakers and others offering varied levels of approval for his remarks.

Twitter users posted videos of Trump clapping for himself, with some noting that it became an annoying distraction. Others chimed in to question why the president would keep clapping for himself.

In the House chamber itself in Washington, majority Republicans led multiple rounds of enthusiastic applause during the speech.

Democrats, meanwhile, provided a short spurt of polite applause for Trump as he entered the chamber, but offered muted reactions throughout the speech.