House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is asking President Donald Trump to reschedule the State of the Union because of the government shutdown.
In a letter sent to the President Wednesday morning, Pelosi requested that Trump either delay or submit the annual address in writing, citing historical precedent and security concerns.
“During the 19th Century and up until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, these annual State of the Union messages were delivered to Congress in writing,” Pelosi wrote, adding that no SOTU address has been given during a government shutdown since 1977.
“Sadly,” Pelosi concluded, “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 makes a good case.
Nancy Pelosi is a master. I regret any moment of doubt I ever had about her.
— Erin (@Erin__424) January 16, 2019
Good news for Trump- it's a one pager.
— NSB (@jmzconsulting1) January 16, 2019
This is brilliant
— Stacy R (@In2why) January 16, 2019
— Robert Cameron (@robertcameron) January 16, 2019
— Bill Jurgensen (@billjurgensen) January 16, 2019
It seems unlikely that Trump would willingly forego the spotlight, or the chance to deliver a televised speech.
He'll refuse, & the whole address will be a nasty, petty, vitriol-filled campaign rally of a speech, complete with Trump supporting federal employees being paraded to "prove" that the Dems are to blame, & a gallery of cheering, jeering GOP congressmen chanting "build the wall".
— Cindy A (@CindyA38522206) January 16, 2019
Trump should jump at the chance to release #SOTU as written statement. No big words to learn, no long words to pronounce, no public sniffing. For the audience, we don't have to listen to his whiny voice. It's Win-Win. @SRuhle @MSNBC
— Bill Wong (@ten24get) January 16, 2019
Why not just tweet it out.
— Phil Paule (@philpaule) January 16, 2019
There are those who feel that the speech, no matter how Trump gives it, would be pointless.