House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged President Donald Trump in a letter Wednesday to either reschedule his State of the Union address or deliver it in writing to Congress while the government continues to be partially shut down.
Pelosi, D-Calif., in a letter to Trump, cited “security concerns” related to the shutdown’s effect on the U.S. Secret Service, which provides security for the president’s annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
“Both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical deparments hamstrung by furloughts,” wrote Pelosi.
BREAKING: @SpeakerPelosi just asked to postpone the SOTU until after the shutdown. Dems don’t want to give Trump a platform to blame them for a crisis they believe he caused.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) January 16, 2019
Having @realDonaldTrump take advice from Pelosi on SOTU is like asking @Franklin_Graham to take advice from Louis Farrakhan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asks President Trump to delay the SOTU until the government reopens. https://t.co/B5Zdjs4NV8
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 16, 2019