Wow! Nancy Pelosi is not one to compromise but this is ridiculous.
She just canceled the State of the Union for President Trump. This is after President Trump caught her lying about a lack of security for the address (see below) and called her out on it. He said in a statement that there would be no problem with security and that he hopes her invitation to address Congress is still open. She responds by blocking the president from delivering his speech:
Pelosi issued a statement and President Trump spoke out immediately (see video below).
“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 the government has been reopened.”
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 23, 2019
She won’t allow the SOTU until the government is reopened on her terms.
Something tells us she thinks she’s president or queen…
Pelosi had said there wouldn’t be security for the event because of the government shutdown but President Trump’s DHS Secretary refuted that claim to say there would be enough security.
President Trump sent a reply to Pelosi to confirm that there would be no problem with security and that he hoped to deliver the SOTU as scheduled:
“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!”
President Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi on the State of the Union pic.twitter.com/B4QN9hDJnv
— Kayleigh McEnany 45 Archived (@PressSec45) January 23, 2019
We’re hoping President Trump still holds a State of the Union somewhere else. At the border?
President Trump spoke briefly to reporters and called the move by Pelosi a “shame”. He also said he’s not surprised by Pelosi’s move to block him from delivering the SOTU.
President Trump on Speaker Pelosi blocking the State of the Union: "The State of the Union speech has been cancelled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn’t want to hear the truth. She doesn't want the American public to hear what's going on." pic.twitter.com/Mdz5OHCUYL
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 23, 2019
We’re confident that President Trump will do something spectacular!