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Trump Dares Pelosi To Stop Him From Delivering State Of The Union In House Chamber Over Her Objections


Trump Dares Pelosi To Stop Him From Delivering State Of The Union In House Chamber Over Her Objections

President Trump said Wednesday he will push ahead with plans to deliver the State of the Union address in the House chamber on Jan. 29, despite objections from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

In a letter to Pelosi, Trump dismissed Pelosi’s concerns about security amid the shutdown saying he has been assured by national security officials there are “no security concerns regarding the State of the Union address” and “therefore, I will be honoring your invitation.”

“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 wrote.

As the Washington Post notes, “It was unclear how President Trump would address lawmakers Jan. 29, as the House and Senate must pass a concurrent resolution for a joint session of Congress to hear the president.”

The president’s letter came hours after a top Democrat said that it was all but certain party leaders would prevent Trump from delivering his address next week if the government remains partially closed.

“It’s absolutely not clear … what his present intention is,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the head of the Democratic Caucus, told reporters in the Capitol. “But I can say that unless the government is reopened, it’s highly unlikely that the State of the Union is going to take place on the floor of the United States House of Representatives.”

Over the holiday weekend, the White House was denied a walk-through by the House of Representatives’ sergeant-at-arms in preparation of the speech.

White House officials have continued working on Trump’s speech and have been considering other plans for its delivery in the event Trump cannot address the joint session of Congress next week.

“If the speaker withdraws the invite for (Tuesday), contingencies need to be planned,” a senior White House official told CNN’s Jim Acosta.

The letter was the latest in a round of squabbling over the yearly speech. Pelosi initially wrote Trump last week to inform him the speech should be delayed, or delivered in writing, since the law enforcement agencies tasked with protecting the Capitol during the event are affected by the shutdown.

The president then stopped Pelosi from using a military aircraft for a congressional delegation’s planned visit of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.


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