President Trump said Wednesday night he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends.
President Trump has concluded that there is “no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber” and that he was not looking for an option after Speaker Pelosi (D:CA) said earlier Wednesday that he would not be allowed to deliver the address to a joint session of Congress next week.
Speaker Pelosi took the step after President Trump said he planned to show up in spite of the Dems objections to the speech taking place with a part of the government shut down.
“As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed,” President Trump Tweeted. “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.”
The Constitution states only that the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union,” meaning the President can speak anywhere he chooses or give his update in writing. The address has been delayed before.
But there is no precedent for a State of the Union invitation being rescinded.
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