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    Trump Will Deliver State of the Union After the Shutdown

    Trump Will Deliver State of the Union After the Shutdown

    “This is her [Nancy Pelosi] prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over.”

    We now, sort of, know when the State of the Union will happen after a day of passive aggressive letters between President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

    Trump tweeted at 11:12PM ET on Wednesday night that he will deliver the SOTU after the shutdown.

    As I said, Trump and Pelosi exchanged testy letters with each other on Tuesday.

    Trump 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!”

    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.

    Trump continued:

    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!

    Pelosi said that the SOTU will not happen in the House chambers as long as the government is closed. She wrote:

    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.”


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    Considering the number of investigation planned by the Dems and the impending release of the Mueller report, I think it’s wise of Trump to roll with SOTU delay and save his “Stick-it-where-the-sun-don’t-shine” card for when he really needs to play it. If he plays it now, it won’t have the same effect when Dems start banging the impeachment drum.

    DieJustAsHappy | January 24, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    So, now, according to FoxNews:

    “Separately, the president said it was ‘very reasonable’ for Pelosi to block his planned State of the Union address in the House of Representatives until the end of the shutdown.”

    Also, the “White House on Thursday signaled that a ‘large down payment’ on border wall funding — and potentially less than the $5.7 billion that President Trump has long requested — could be sufficient to bring Republicans to the table and end the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.”

    He’s beginning to sound more and more like the RINO’s he ran against. Sure makes it confusing, at least to those who like me who would like to know “What’s upppp!”

    Good decision. Ask *why* Trump does things, as in what is the GOAL of his actions.

    Why did Trump wait until the last bill of the second year of his term before threatening a veto over money to build a wall? A: To place the blame on Schumer, who refused to let it come to the floor without blocking it. If he had tried this in the middle of the term, most likely a Republican Senator or two might have flinched and seen it go down 49:50.

    Why has he made motions of compromise to the Dems? A: To show what hypocritical twits they are, and how they act like spoiled children while he is the ‘responsible one’ willing to compromise.

    Why delay the SOTU until after the shutdown? Because this puts the *whole* weight on Pelosi, who blocked him from giving it during the shutdown.

    The SOTU address is mainly for the American people, not the live audience that sits in front of the President in the House chamber. Nothing in the constitution requires the speech be given there. So, Trump could have given the address from the oval office or a large auditorium he chose inviting members of congress who wished to attend and the usual core of people for the galleries. He should have gone ahead and shown Peolosi to be no more than a minor and petty nuisance. Trump does have superb negotiating skills and will probably come out of this ahead but it looks weak to give in to Pelosi on virtually anything.

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