Trump to Pelosi: ‘I Will be Honoring Your Invitation’ to Deliver State of the Union Next Week
Pelosi responded that he is not allowed in the House until the government has reopened.
President Donald Trump has informed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a letter that he will honor her previous invitation to deliver the State of the Union in Congress on January 29.
He told Pelosi, “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!”
Pelosi shot back that she won’t allow Trump to deliver the address in the House.
Trump thanked Pelosi for sending letters to invite him to deliver the State of the Union and then another one that “expressed concerns regarding security” during the address due to the shutdown.
He reminded Pelosi that “[E]ven 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” and that they have even made this known to the public.
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!
Trump informs Pelosi that he’s coming to the Hill next Tuesday for the State of the Union pic.twitter.com/z7Cp6wa2PT
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) January 23, 2019
A few hours later, Pelosi told Trump that she will not allow him to deliver his address in the House:
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.”
No SOTU Tuesday, Pelosi says to Trump pic.twitter.com/XZzPNju6Ft
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 23, 2019
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Truth: Since 1790, no House speaker has refused to allow the President to address a joint session of Congress for the State of the Union. True, there have been a number of years in there where the President has *chosen* not to deliver the SOTU in the House chambers, but no Speaker has been so petty and infantile to deny this before.
(I honestly expect him to give the SOTU in the Senate, where the peanut gallery… I mean the visitor gallery can be limited to invited Presidential guests instead of shrieking twits.)
All Trump has to do is send a letter to Congress and schedule a speech to the nation and bill it as his “State of the Union Address”. No joy for the hag and he still gets to lay out his agenda.
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