Standoff Between President Trump and Speaker Pelosi is Over–Trump Will Postpone Speech

For the last week petulant left-wing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been sparring with the president over the upcoming State Of The Union (SOTU) speech. Now the president has decided to cancel the speech and to look to delivering it at some undetermined date in the future.

Last week Speaker Pelosi demanded that Trump postpone the SOTU until there is a budget agreement that ends the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Trump initially rejected the demand and said he intended to move ahead and give the speech on time on January 29.

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“I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and to the Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union,” Trump wrote in his reply last week.

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“It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!” Trump added.

But by this week, Pelosi took the feud farther and took harsh step of barring the president from using the chamber of the House of Representatives, where the speech has been given for decades.

“I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House chamber until government has opened,” Pelosi wrote in a letter sent on Wednesday.

Later that day, the president decided to bag the speech and put it off until an undetermined date.

“As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address.” Trump tweeted. “I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over.”

Trump also decided against seeking an alternate venue to deliver the speech because the House is too historic.

“I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber,” he added.

At over 30 days, the government shutdown has become the longest such event in U.S. history.

The U.S. Constitution requires the president to deliver a state of the union address, but it is not required to be a speech before both houses of Congress. Indeed, for many decades during our early republic, the address was delivered as a written report to Congress.

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