Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will prevent President Donald Trump from delivering the State of the Union Address in the House chamber until the partial government shutdown ends.
Earlier this month, Pelosi invited Trump to deliver his speech in the House Chamber. Last week, she warned about possible security concerns due to the partial government shutdown, now on its 33rd day.
On Wednesday, Trump told Pelosi that there are no security concerns and he will deliver his speech in the House chamber next week.
In his letter, the President wrote, “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. 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!”
Pelosi says Trump still welcome for his address after government reopens
In response, Pelosi told Trump that she is rescinding her invitation for next week.
She wrote, “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.”
“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 re-opened.”
“Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened,” she added.
Trump says Democrats “become radicalized”
When asked about Pelosi’s decision. Trump told reporters at White House that he is “not surprise.” He also commented, “It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats. They’ve become radicalized.”
In addition, the President commented, “We’ll have to respond to it. We’ll respond to it in a timely matter.”
It appears that the political feud between the Trump and Pelosi is escalating over the shutdown and the funding for the border wall. The President refused to re-open the government until House Democrats approve his demand for $5.7 billion funding for the border wall.
House Democrats passed spending measures to end the shutdown and expressed their intention to engage in negotiations for border security funding. Those spending bills are “Senate Republican appropriations legislation to re-open the government,” according to Pelosi.
Yesterday, the House Speaker tweeted that House Democrats will again “vote on more bipartisan bills” to end the shutdown.
This week, @HouseDemocrats will vote on more bipartisan bills to re-open government, and act to bolster funding for border security solutions that work. @realDonaldTrump & @senatemajldr need to stop holding Americans hostage, stop blocking these bills, and #EndTheShutdown now.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 22, 2019
Last month, Trump told Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, “I am proud to shut down the government for border security…I will take the mantle…and I’m not going to blame you for it.”
However, the President stepped back from his words and blamed the House Speaker for the shutdown.
Around 800 federal workers and their families are suffering due to the shutdown. Two federal employees unions filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the problem. They alleged that the government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Antideficency Act.