Trump Backs Down, Will Give State of the Union After Shutdown Ends

Minnie Murray
January 27, 2019

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected President Donald Trump's insistence that he deliver his State of the Union speech next week in Congress, setting up an unsettling clash among Washington's power elite.

"Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when [the] government has been opened", Pelosi said to Trump in a letter.

Pelosi suggested on January 16 that Trump postpone the State of the Union speech because of the closure.

Mrs Pelosi earlier suggested the Mr Trump postpone the State of the Union speech because of the closure. The president called the speech his "Constitutional duty".

He emphasised that Mrs Pelosi had already invited him to speak, he had accepted that invitation, and that security agencies informed him "there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event". She expressed a security concern, noting the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security are part of the one-quarter of the U.S. government remaining unfunded since late December.

CNN host Alisyn Camerota praised the commander-in-chief for sounding "presidential" in tweets acknowledging that he would not give his State of the Union address until the government shutdown ended.

With both sides locked in their positions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the chamber "it's time to make a deal". The city was the temporary seat of government at the time.

New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg reminded the media of its past coverage in a column ahead of the president's 2018 State of the Union speech. Pelosi asked the president to delay his annual address last week. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of federal workers continue to work without a paycheck. The address has generally been given in person before Congress since Woodrow Wilson.

And yet Trump had capitulated hours earlier on the State of the Union.

By tradition, the House and the Senate must pass a resolution for a joint session of Congress to hear the president's State of the Union.

Last week, Pelosi effectively disinvited Trump from giving his speech on January 29, and the president responded by canceling her foreign travel and committing to giving his address from the Capitol.

"The proposal, which Democrats are drafting into a formal letter to Trump, will include border security improvements such as retrofitting ports of entry, new sensors and drones, more immigration judges and border patrol agents, and additional technology, among other measures". He added: "This will go on for a while".

Some officials believe a rally would just be seen as another campaign speech, which they acknowledge people have started to tune out.

Furloughed government workers affected by the shutdown hold a silent protest against the ongoing partial government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 23, 2019.

Trump is refusing to open the government until he gets the $5.7billion he wants to build a border wall along the United States southern border with Mexico.

House Democrats have approved several measures to fully reopen the government, but none has won approval in the Senate, which is controlled by the Republicans.

The offer is a possible path toward a compromise even though it does not have money for he wants for building the wall between the U.S and Mexico.

First Lady Melania Trump is inviting her guests as every first lady does, Conway said, and hoped that the speaker will not deny seats to her guests.

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