On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood firm in her defiance and promise to not authorize President Trump to give his State of the Union in the House chamber until the government shutdown ends.
“I will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened,” Pelosi penned.
Here’s the image of her letter (text below):
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 23, 2019
Read the full text of Nancy Pelosi’s response to Trump (via CNBC):
“Dear Mr. President:
When I extended an invitation on January 3rd for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th. At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.
In my further correspondence of January 16th, I said we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has re-opened and I hope that we can still do that.
I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened.
Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened.
Does Nancy REALLY think she’s going to prevent President Trump from speaking? Doesn’t she know that he will find another way to give it?
Liz Wheeler has the right idea:
I fail to see how Pelosi thinks this is a winning move. https://t.co/EdpHFi2tql
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) January 23, 2019
For some context, here is the letter that President Trump wrote to Pelosi this morning:
“The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Madam Speaker:
Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown. Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly.
Accordingly, there are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union Address. Therefore, I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union.
I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!
Donald J. Trump”
Here’s how Rep Mark Meadows responded to the Presidents letter:
Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to give the SOTU on 1/3, when the shutdown was 2 weeks in, and then tried to reverse her own invitation by making up a "security" excuse when both DHS and Secret Service say they're fully ready.
POTUS is exactly right. SOTU should proceed.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 23, 2019
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