Trump Makes New Announcement On State Of The Union Address

"Let's have that discussion after we open up government and let us get to work", she said, before enumerating the various federal agencies that have been shuttered for 34 days and the negative effects the shutdown was having on the country.

"After inviting President Trump to give the State of the Union address, Speaker Nancy Pelosi backtracked and now refuses to authorize the State of the Union address in the House chamber". As we have said multiple times, McConnell needs to do his job without a note from the, president.

"You heard from the [FBI agents] association because of the shutdown that they had no funds to pay for investigation and prosecution of cases including child exploitation, cyber warfare", she said.

Trump wants to deliver the speech Tuesday as planned. Meanwhile, the administration is trying to conduct advance work to prepare for an address in the House chamber, originally scheduled for January 29, even though Pelosi has the power to determine whether Trump can do so.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) knows she has power and knows how to wield it.

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.

The Washington Post's Dave Weigel said that despite tradition, delivering the State of the Union as an address didn't begin until Woodrow Wilson, but even so the decision rested with the House Speaker.

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.

Republican officials are closely watching to see if Pelosi officially rescinds the invite, which was delivered to the White House on January 4.

Last week, the House speaker sent a letter to Trump, requesting he postpone the State of the Union, citing security concerns related to the impact of the budget impasse on the Homeland Security Department. Trump said he was told by both DHS and US Secret Service that securing the event would not be a problem.

The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) doubled down on Pelosi's call to end the shutdown, saying to the president that until that happens, "GET LOST". He could invite members of Congress and justices of the Supreme Court to attend, and simultaneously deliver his report on the state of the union to Congress in writing.

The move is the latest in a game of brinkmanship between Trump and the House speaker as they remain locked in an increasingly personal standoff over Trump's demand for border wall money that has forced a partial government shutdown that is now in its second month.

Traditionally the president's annual speech is delivered before a joint session of Congress in the ornate chamber of the House of Representatives.

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