Newhouse blasts Pelosi over State of the Union showdown

27 January, 2019, 00:42 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • In Tweet Called 'Shocking,' Trump Surrenders to Pelosi on State of the Union Address: 'This Is Her Prerogative'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she was happy that President Trump agreed to postpone his State of the Union address until after the government reopened - saying the speech was "so unimportant in the lives of the American people" compared to other priorities. Recounting her prior letter telling him the State of the Union should not be held during a shutdown, she wrote back to Trump, "I said we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has re-opened and I hope that we can still do that".

"The State of the Union has been cancelled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn't want to hear the truth", Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, following a meeting about border security.

Trump says he looks forward to giving a "great" speech "in the near future!"

The message came in contrast to one White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders gave Wednesday morning when she told Fox News: "The President will talk to the American people on January 29 as he does nearly every single day". She can read the polls showing President Trump's approval plummeting, and support also diving for using the shutdown to get his wall. More specifically, she doesn't want the voters to hear the truth.

Believing Pelosi was boxed in by her caucus and unable to negotiate with Trump, McConnell coordinated a new shutdown strategy with the president to reopen the government, according to aides familiar with the discussions.

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

The stalemate over funding a U.S. -Mexico border wall has produced the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history.

Pelosi's stiff-arm left the president looking for an alternative setting from which to address the nation.

Speaker Pelosi's reversal is an unprecedented attempt to impede the President of the United States from performing his constitutional duty laid out in Article II to 'give the Congress information of the State of the Union.' .

Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on Wednesday.

Pelosi last week cited the impact of the ongoing shutdown on the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service.

The White House is proceeding with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Tuesday without knowing whether Democrats will let him have that stage.

The White House sent an email to the House Sergeant-at-Arms asking to schedule a walk-through in anticipation of a January 29 address, according to a White House official who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planning by name.

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.

"Undergirding all of this is that it's up to the Speaker of the House and up to both chambers to pass a resolution inviting the other branch of government to come into Congress", Weigel said.



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