Nancy Pelosi Tells Donald Trump To Delay State Of The Union Address Due To Government Shutdown
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi penned a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to delay his State of the Union address, citing the ongoing partial government shutdown. As Pelosi explains, the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security are both suffering because of the historic shutdown, having not received funding in 26 days.
“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,” the Democratic figurehead wrote.
Some believe Pelosi’s sentiment is an attempt to prevent Trump from speaking to the United States’ citizens, such as Republican Steve Scalise. In a tweet, Scalise blasted Pelosi and Democrats for “obstructing” the president. Other Republicans claim this is an attempt by the Democrats to prevent Trump from informing the people of the positive work accomplished under his term.
This decision makes clear what we already know: Democrats are only interested in obstructing @realDonaldTrump, not governing.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 16, 2019
Although the White House has not responded to Pelosi’s request yet, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insists both departments are well-equipped to “support and secure the State of the Union.”
The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) January 16, 2019
Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address was aired via cable and broadcast, procuring over 45.6 million viewers. Trump is currently slated to deliver his second address on Jan. 29.