President Donald Trump: SOTU Won't Happen Until After Shutdown Ends

President Donald Trump: SOTU Won't Happen Until After Shutdown Ends

President unsuccessfully tried to force the hand of House Speaker...

Trump's decision comes hours after an exchange of letters in which he told Pelosi he planned to deliver the State of the Union address January 29 from the House chamber as they initially scheduled.

A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, said Trump would be willing to go along with permanent legal status for those young immigrants, but probably not a path to citizenship.

This week's fight between U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi over his State of the Union speech was unusual - but the resulting postponement was not. "When she asked me to make the address formally in writing, most of you have a copy of the letter, when she asked me to make the address, she did it during the shutdown, well into the shutdown".

The Constitution states only that the president "shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union", meaning the president can speak anywhere he chooses or give his update in writing.

As acrimony in Washington grew, lawmakers across the political spectrum were left searching in vain for an exit strategy for the longest-ever halt to federal operations, as furloughed government employees and contractors vented their fury on Capitol Hill.


Three Republican senators are reportedly set to vote against Donald Trump to reopen the government without funding for a border wall.

The hope is to force her hand - either to say he can not speak from the House chamber or to allow it to move forward.

"By attempting to block President Trump's State of the Union, which a president has a Constitutional responsibility to present, Speaker Pelosi is thumbing her nose at democracy", said Rep. Ron Estes, a Kansas Republican.

She took the step after Trump said he planned to show up in spite of Democratic objections to the speech taking place with big swaths of the government shut down.

The president and the speaker hadtraded barbed letters Wednesday, with Trump initially saying he wanted to deliver the speech next Tuesday in the House chamber - the traditional location.

Trump now appears to have capitulated.


Some held up paper plates with messages including "Will work for pay". But their hope is that once they do, Democrats will be more amenable to negotiations.

President Trump offered Democrats another deal on Saturday. It earned 50 votes to 47 against, but it needed 60 to advance.

The Senate plans to vote on two measures Thursday to end the partial government shutdown; neither is expected to pass. "She doesn't want the American public to hear what's going on". Clyburn's offer would be a significant monetary increase over bills previously passed by Democrats, which included only about US$1.3 billion for this year in additional border security, with none for a wall. "Do you think she lied about security concerns?"

Government shutdowns are a disruptive political ritual that have occurred in various administrations and are nearly unique to the American system.

Pelosi in her letter had cited the impacts of the ongoing shutdown on the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service, questioning whether they could secure the speech given that they have been operating without funding.


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