Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Trump tells Pelosi he will give State of Union speech as planned

Trump Prepares 2 Versions Of State Of Union Speech Amid Shutdown Tensions Trump Prepares 2 Versions Of State Of Union Speech Amid Shutdown Tensions
Leonard Rios | 27 January, 2019, 15:45

After initial threats to either deliver the speech at the Capitol despite Pelosi's rescinding of her invitation or deliver it elsewhere, the Republican president said he would honour her request to delay it.

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse is calling on fellow House members to override a decision that he says blocks President Donald Trump from performing his constitutional duty.

Mr Trump at first expressed support for legislation to restore the agencies' funding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has shown no sign of yielding, especially as Democrats hold the upper hand in public opinion polls.

It's unclear where Mr. Trump will give his address now, although the White House insists one is still happening.

Trump and Pelosi spent Wednesday exchanging passive-aggressive letters to each over the address, with the president also telling the media that the Democrats had become "radicalized" and that Pelosi was "afraid of the truth". "And we are moving forward".

On Saturday, the president gave Democrats the opportunity to reopen the government.

"I think that's a great blotch on the incredible country that we all love", Trump said earlier Wednesday.

Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections and have blocked the President's plans.

Trump was asked about Pelosi's action during a health care event at the White House and as the government shutdown extended into a second month. As we have said multiple times, McConnell needs to do his job without a note from the principal.er, president. "Ultimately the American people will have their way because they want to see no crime, they want to see what we're doing".

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It's also expected to include other topic areas, such as the economy and foreign policy, that might be harder to include in a speech in a political venue.

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The capitulation comes after Mr Trump suggested this afternoon he give the speech in another location.

Each side has been accusing the other of pettiness since Pelosi raised doubts about the speech and Trump followed up by revoking her use of a military aircraft, thereby canceling a congressional delegation visit to Afghanistan.

When former President Bill Clinton delivered his State of the Union address in 1996 after what was then the longest government shutdown, he admonished, "I challenge all of you in this Chamber: Never, ever shut the federal government down again". Trump sent a letter to Pelosi on January 23 saying he looked forward to delivering it as scheduled next January 22 in the House chamber.

"She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date".

The White House denied there would be any issues with adequate security for the event, despite the shutdown. "It would be very sad for our our country if the State of the Union was not delivered on on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!".

Responding forcefully to a letter from the president earlier in the day in which he essentially dared her to disinvite him, Pelosi said in a letter to Trump that the House would not consider a measure authorizing the speech for now.

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