President Donald Trump informed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday afternoon that he planned to still deliver his State of the Union address, in the House of Representatives, as planned.
Pelosi was informed of Trump’s intentions via a letter sent to her office on Wednesday, days after Pelosi sent a letter to Trump, asking him to postpone the annual speech or to give it in writing.
The speaker cited security issues, which were later debunked by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
The letter from the president read as below:
“Dear Madam Speaker:
“Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the 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 16, 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!”
It was signed, by the president, and is thought to be his final word on the issue of the State of the Union address, slated to take place on Jan. 29.
President Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi on the State of the Union pic.twitter.com/B4QN9hDJnv
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) January 23, 2019