Democrat House leader Nancy Pelosi said that the Secret Service won’t be able to protect the president because of the partial government shutdown. Now the Secret Service has totally destroyed Pelosi’s claim.
On Wednesday, the flagrantly partisan Speaker of the House sent a letter to the White House urging the president to re-schedule or cancel the coming State Of The Union address.
One reason Pelosi offered to justify a re-scheduling was that the Secret Service could not protect the president and Congress during the speech.
“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events.” Pelosi said adding, “However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs.”
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi said.
However, the Secret Service has already come out to slap down Pelosi’s claim that they can’t protect the president.
According to NBC News’ Peter Alexander, the Secret Services said that protecting the president is a “no-fail mission.”
“Secret Service is fully ready to offer full protection during the #SOTU, a sr. law enforcement official tells @petewilliamsnbc. ‘It’s a no-fail mission,’ the official says. Though USSS personnel are not being paid, the intelligence & protection functions are fully staffed,” Alexander reported.
Alexander added that the official said, “We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago.”
Arkansas Republican Representative Rick Crawford also jumped in to offer his help to the left-wing House Speaker.
“Hey @SpeakerPelosi, as a former bomb tech who has served on Secret Service details, I know how to sweep a room & make it secure. I’ll volunteer to help ensure that the chamber is secure for @realDonaldTrump & the SOTU. I’m sure my friend & fellow bomb tech @RepBrianMast can help,” he wrote.
Hey @SpeakerPelosi, as a former bomb tech who has served on Secret Service details, I know how to sweep a room & make it secure. I'll volunteer to help ensure that the chamber is secure for @realDonaldTrump & the SOTU. I'm sure my friend & fellow bomb tech @RepBrianMast can help. https://t.co/wwJGLCcfIe
— Rep Rick Crawford (@RepRickCrawford) January 16, 2019
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