Pelosi Postpones Trump's State of the Union Speech in Letter

Donald Trump points at Nancy Pelosi

The shutdown, which has seen some 800,000 federal employees left without pay for a month, was triggered by Trump's refusal to sign funding bills in December, in retaliation for Democratic opposition to funds for extending walls along the US-Mexico border.

On Wednesday, Pelosi sent a letter to Trump saying that she would not take the necessary steps to authorize his State of the Union address.

White House officials have continued working on the President's speech and have been mulling other plans for its delivery in the event Trump can not address the joint session of Congress next week.

Trump says he looks forward to giving a "great" speech "in the near future!"

The partial USA government shutdown began on December 22, 2018.

Both proposals are likely to fail to reach the 60-vote threshold needed in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 53-47 majority.

US President Donald Trump says he will not deliver his annual State of the Union speech until after the government shutdown is over. Here's why he can cancel it, if he wants. "It should be people telling their stories".

Gidley accused Pelosi of "trying to play politics with that venue".

She responded in a letter saying there will be no State of the Union in the House chamber until the government shutdown has ended.

"The president - regardless of party - should have the opportunity to address the American people in the State of the Union address from the traditional venue of the U.S. House of Representatives", the senator from SC said in a statement. Trump and Pelosi have been at loggerheads for more than 33 days as the speaker and the President both refuse to budge on shutdown negotiations - Trump is demanding more than $5 billion for his wall along the southern border and Pelosi is refusing to give him a cent.

"Thank you @realdonaldtrump for the great conversation earlier this AM and for your continued commitment to the Great Lakes State", Chatfield tweeted Tuesday. "I am not looking for an...."

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Washington made the speech in person in the Senate Chamber of Federal Hall in New York City.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the GOP plan's immigration proposals were "even more radical" than their past positions.

Trump said late on Wednesday that he would delay his address, which had been slated for January 29.

By negating Pelosi's logistical reasoning and pointing out that she originally invited him on January 3-already more than a week into the shutdown-Trump was daring Pelosi to admit her letter was retribution for maintaining the shutdown and officially uninvite him.

The presidential address is an annual rite in USA politics that often changes and has been delayed before, although the Trump-Pelosi spat may have led to the first postponement initiated by someone other than the president.

"Checking on the postponed SOTU walk-through meeting from last week. If we can handle Iraq, we can handle the middle of Washington".

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

Peede added: "We understand that the House Chamber may not be available or be in session and would be happy to meet at any time, day or night".

The battle over border security and government funding spilled over into a parallel dispute over the president's State of the Union address.

That walk-through on Monday did not occur.

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