President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday night that he had changed his mind about having an "alternative" event instead of the State of the Union address, saying he will wait till the shutdown is over.
"The president - regardless of party - should have the opportunity to address the American people in the State of the Union address from the traditional venue of the U.S. House of Representatives", the senator from SC said in a statement.
President Donald Trump says he is planning to deliver his State of the Union address next week in front of a joint session of Congress - despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request that he delay. "I look forward to giving a "great" State of the Union Address in the near future!"
Trump is required to provide Congress a report on the nation, but is not required to deliver it in a live, televised address before US lawmakers. She can read the polls showing President Trump's approval plummeting, and support also diving for using the shutdown to get his wall.
"The American people want to hear the truth", Trump said.
"As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address". Pelosi, in a January 16 letter to the president, urged Trump to postpone it or to give it in writing. But the White House maintains Pelosi never formally rescinded her invitation, and is, in essence, calling her bluff.
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It's the latest move in a game of political brinksmanship between Trump and the House Speaker as they remain locked in an increasingly personal standoff over Trump's demand for border wall funding that has forced a partial government shutdown that is now in its second month.
Pelosi's moves have left the White House scrambling to devise an alternative plan for the speech, which is one of the president's top opportunities to lay out his agenda to the public.
"Hemingway knocked Pelosi for offering a not-so-serious "$1" for Trump's border wall and playing a role in breaking institutional norms.
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".
The White House sent an email to the House Sergeant-at-Arms asking to schedule a walk-through in anticipation of a January 29 address, according to a White House official who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planning by name. President Trump offered Democrats another deal on Saturday. Trump said he was told by both DHS and US Secret Service that securing the event would not be a problem.
"The House of Representatives should override Speaker Pelosi's obstruction and vote to allow the President's State of the Union to go on as planned".