House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer betrayed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday and said President Donald Trump is welcome to give his State of the Union address on the House floor.
While speaking with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Hoyer was asked if he’d be open to allowing Trump to address the nation from the lower chamber, a tradition for presidents dating back several decades.
“Sure,” Hoyer said, noting that the address is scheduled for Jan. 29.
Last week, Pelosi sent Trump a letter last week suggesting the State of the Union address be postponed because of “security concerns.”
Cavuto asked Hoyer if Trump is still invited or if Pelosi is planning to block the president from speaking to the nation from the House floor.
“I don’t know what the discussions have been, so I don’t want to say,” Hoyer replied.
Hoyer rebuked Pelosi a second time later in the interview and said he didn’t agree with her claim that walls are “immoral.”
“Look I think physical barriers are a part of the solution,” he acknowledged.
“You don’t share Nancy Pelosi’s view that a wall is immoral?” Cavuto asked.
“It depends probably on what a wall is used for whether it’s moral or immoral,” Hoyer replied. “If it’s protecting people it’s moral, if it’s imprisoning people it may well be immoral but that’s not the issue, the issue is we want border security. We want to make sure that people who come in to the United States of America are authorized to do so and we know that they’ve come in, we don’t want contraband.”
Hoyer went on to say that Democrats are “for border security,” but criticized “the environment of hostage-taking i.e. not only the employees but people who rely on government,” caused by the government shutdown.
Last week, Pelosi sent Trump a letter essentially disinviting him from delivering the State of the Union address on January 29 while the government is partially shutdown.
In her letter, Pelosi regurgitated her usual liberal talking points: she blamed Trump for the shutdown and stood firm that she would not agree to any funding for a wall, which she has called “pointless” and an “immorality.”
Despite her obvious stunt for attention, Trump got revenge and sent a letter of his own to Pelosi and cancelled her plane less than an hour before she was set to leave for an international trip.
Trump’s letter used similar language and phrases that Pelosi used in her letter.
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” he wrote, informing the Speaker that she could “reschedule” the week-long trip abroad when the shutdown was over.
“I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the strong border security movement to end the shutdown,” he wrote.
Trump also trolled Pelosi by telling her could still make the trip by flying on commercial flights instead of a private jet.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” he said.
Things are getting so bad for Pelosi that members of her own party are turning on her.