State Of The Union 2019: Trump, Pelosi Tweet Barbs At Each Other

US President Donald Trump says he will wait until the federal shutdown has ended to deliver his State of the Union address, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

She said he can't have access to the House chamber for the speech until the government reopens.

Intitially, on Wednesday, local time, Trump released a letter to Pelosi in which he declared he would deliver his speech to the House of Representatives next Tuesday as planned.

"I'm just hoping and praying" that Democrats would agree to what Trump is asking for, Graham said, so the government could reopen for three weeks.

He added that she "then changed her mind because of the shutdown, suggesting a later date".

Asked whether she knows the size of a down payment that Trump might find reasonable, Pelosi replied, "I don't know if he knows what he's talking about".

The shutdown was to begin its 35th day Friday, with some 800,000 federal workers left unpaid across the country and in United States installations overseas - and the knock-on effects affecting millions more.

For now, the president has made a decision to delay the address until Pelosi allows him to speak from the Capitol after the partial shutdown ends.

Note: Trump is unlikely to attempt such an address.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive at the U.S. Capitol to attend the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC.

"The 2017 address to Congress that won Trump such high marks turned out to be full of lies and distortions", Goldberg wrote. Pelosi previously had asked Trump to consider postponing it because security could not be guaranteed during the shutdown. Trump called her bluff Wednesday in a letter, saying he meant to come anyway. Indeed, at least some seemed unaware of rules specifying that both the House and Senate must pass a concurrent resolution formally inviting the president to address a joint session.

She is one of the sharpest political tacticians of her generation, and has clearly seized the upper hand in the fracas, slamming Trump for treating furloughed federal workers as "hostages to the president's applause line in a campaign speech".

The gamesmanship unfolded as the Senate prepared to vote this week on duelling proposals on the shutdown.

A competing proposal by Senate Democrats that would open government through Feb 8 without funding Trump's wall, and leave room for border security negotiations, also failed to move forward by a similar tally.

The Senate first rejected a Republican plan reopening the government through September and giving Trump the $5.7 billion he's demanded for building segments of that wall, a project that he'd long promised Mexico would finance.

Many have surmised that it is impossible for the president to deliver a State of the Union address while the government is shut down. The address has been delayed before. For the first 12 years of the US, Presidents George Washington and John Adams traveled to Congress to deliver an oral speech, but from Thomas Jefferson until Woodrow Wilson, the State of the Union was sent over in writing.

And at the Daily Show, Trevor Noah also addressed a flailing state and State of the Union.

The president should set aside all bombast, every exaggerated story or stretched statistic and anything, including his own ego, that would detract from the real message of a uniquely American moment. "We have a separation of powers here", said Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

As late as Wednesday afternoon, officials had been busy discussing contingency locations, including a rally-style event, an Oval Office address, a speech in the Senate chamber and even a visit to a border state. On Wednesday Pelosi denied him the use of the House Chamber for the SOTU address.

This all began on January 16, when Pelosi basically uninvited Trump from giving the State of the Union speech in a letter, citing security concerns amid the government shutdown.

  • Leroy Wright