Pelosi Responds, Says No State of the Union in House Chamber Until Government Reopens


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rescinded President Donald Trump’s invitation to deliver his State of the Union message in the House chamber on Jan. 29.

In response, Trump told reporters that he was “not surprised” by Pelosi’s move and will hold the address in an alternative location.

In a letter to Pelosi on Wednesday, the president reminded the speaker that he had accepted her invitation dated Jan. 3, as well as reviewed her Jan. 16 correspondence suggesting the speech be delayed due to the government shutdown’s potential impact on security for the event.

“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,” Trump wrote.

“They have since confirmed this publicly.”

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The president contended since there are no security concerns, he would honor Pelosi’s invitation and fulfill his “Constitutional duty to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union” on Jan. 29.

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Pelosi wrote back that when she extended the invitation, “there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.”

“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,” the speaker said.

Pelosi concluded, “I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened.”

White House reporters asked Trump his response to the speaker’s decision.

“I’m not surprised,” he said. “It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats. They’ve become radicalized.”

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“They don’t want to see crime stopped, which we could easily do on the southern border,” Trump added. “Ultimately the American people will have their way because they want to see no crime.”

The president promised, “we’ll do something in the alternative,” Politico reported.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine’s attempt to bring legislation to the floor to reopen the government on Wednesday that does not include Trump’s requested funding for a border wall, according to The Hill.

McConnell plans to hold votes on Thursday on dueling proposals to reopen the government.

The first is a White House-backed proposal that includes $5.7 billion for a border wall in exchange for a three-year extension of protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients and some Temporary Protected Status holders.

The second is a continuing resolution that would reopen the government through Feb. 8.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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