President Donald Trump: SOTU Won't Happen Until After Shutdown Ends

April FrancisJan 27, 2019

Earlier in the day, asked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., insisting he could not speak on the House floor until a partial government shutdown is over, the president said, "We'll do something in the alternative".

The White House has sent a request to the House of Representatives' sergeant at arms seeking a "walk-through" for the January 29 speech, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Trump says he looks forward to giving a "great" speech "in the near future!"

President Donald Trump is preparing two versions of the speech - one that could be delivered in Washington and another that would be held somewhere else in the country, depending on the circumstance, according to a senior White House official. 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.

Conway continued that Trump simply wanted people to make plans for his address and that "there's been some opaqueness from the speaker" on whether it would take place and "the president has put that to rest". Within hours, she responded that the House "will not consider" a vote on inviting him until the government is reopened. But the White House maintains Pelosi never formally rescinded her invitation, and is, in essence, calling her bluff.

The shutdown, which has seen some 800,000 federal employees left without pay for a month, was triggered by Trump's refusal to sign funding bills in December, in retaliation for Democratic opposition to funds for extending walls along the US-Mexico border.

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He also was injured in the Christmas game and three days later had surgery to fix a ligament in his right ring finger. Walton was impressed with his second-year point guard's overall effort, especially late in the game.

Pelosi suggested Trump postpone the speech until the partial shutdown is over. Trump blusters, Pelosi calls his bluffs.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back on the security concerns, saying in a tweet last week that even if they weren't getting paid, the U.S. Secret Service and others in the Department of Homeland Security "are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union". President Trump offered Democrats another deal on Saturday.

At the same time, the White House is continuing to work on contingency plans to give Trump a back-up in case the joint-session plans fall through.

Speaker Pelosi's reversal is an unprecedented attempt to impede the President of the United States from performing his constitutional duty laid out in Article II to 'give the Congress information of the State of the Union.' . He could invite members of Congress and justices of the Supreme Court to attend, and simultaneously deliver his report on the state of the union to Congress in writing.

Traditionally the president's annual speech is delivered before a joint session of Congress in the ornate chamber of the House of Representatives.

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