President Trump has reportedly called Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bluff and will give the State of the Union address in front of Congress.
According to Town Hall:
Last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested President Donald Trump shouldn’t give the annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 29. After inviting him to do so, Pelosi falsely stated the Secret Service couldn’t adequately provide the necessary security due to the government shutdown.
Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding. https://t.co/K2oL8WGvqo pic.twitter.com/g3fIlxDbbK
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 16, 2019
“We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago,” the official said. (2/2)
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 16, 2019
But according to the White House, President Trump will not be delaying his remarks and plans to give the address next week in front of Congress. Pelsoi hasn’t officially rescinded his invitation.
Colleague John Roberts rpts Trump intends to forge ahead with State of the Union next week. WH wants to schedule walkthrough, which was canceled last week
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 22, 2019
Nancy, I am still thinking about the State of the Union speech, there are so many options – including doing it as per your written offer (made during the Shutdown, security is no problem), and my written acceptance. While a contract is a contract, I’ll get back to you soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
According to Fox News, the White House sent the Sergeant-at-Arms has been delivered a letter from the White House asking to schedule a walk-through for next week’s anticipated State Of the Union address.
Pelosi has refused to compromise on immigration in order to reopen the government. She has not made any indications that this will change anytime soon.