In the most recent installment of letters flying between President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the speaker has put her political foot down and insisted that she will not allow the president to deliver his State of the Union address in the House of Representatives on Jan. 29.
Pelosi sent her letter to the president on Wednesday, just hours after the president’s most recent letter, informing Pelosi that he planned to go forward with his speech.
Pelosi’s letter read:
“Dear Mr. President:
“When I extended an invitation on January 3rd for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th. At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.
“In my further correspondence of January 16th, I said we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has re-opened and I hope that we can still do that.
“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.
Wasting no time, Pelosi says no thanks to trump pic.twitter.com/OVL7XpezvL
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 23, 2019
The speaker’s letter came just hours after the president sent his letter to Pelosi, to inform her that his still planned to deliver his State of the Union address.
“Dear Madam Speaker:
“Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me after the long Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16th, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown. 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. They have since confirmed this publicly.
“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!
“Donald J. Trump.
President Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi on the State of the Union pic.twitter.com/B4QN9hDJnv
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) January 23, 2019
Wednesday’s two correspondences were the follow up to a Jan 16 letter that was sent from the speaker to the president, in which she told the president that she did not think the address should be held until after the government shutdown was over.