In an unprecedented and brash move, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has ‘dis-invited’ the President of the United States from delivering the traditional State of the Union address on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Clearly using this ploy as a bargaining chip in the month-long stalemate between Democrat leadership and the President over the government shutdown, Pelosi seems to think she has had the last word on the subject.
Pelosi sent a curtly-worded letter to Mr. Trump on Wednesday afternoon in response to the President’s earlier letter confirming that he WILL be making the speech on Tuesday, January 29th as the two had originally agreed upon.
Going back on her word given on January third, Pelosi gave a petulant response to Trump’s thinly-veiled challenge to her authority as Speaker.
Market Watch reports, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Trump he was not welcome to give the traditional State of the Union speech in the House next week because of the government shutdown, an unprecedented ‘dis-invitation’ that could intensify partisan strife in a deeply divided Washington.”
Sources say that Pelosi “could bar the president from entering the chamber in what would be one of the most explosive confrontations between the executive and legislative branches in American history.”
After receiving the rebuke from the Speaker, Trump immediately took to the airwaves to make his remarks about Pelosi’s petulant move.
Saying ‘He is not surprised” that Pelosi has taken the hard line and effectively canceled the President’s address in the House of Representatives. Time will tell if this was an illegal move on her part.
She may have overstepped her bounds, however, because there is no statute that gives her permission to cancel the speech altogether, although she does have some say as to what transpires in her chamber of Congress.
As you might expect, Mr. Trump has another ace up his sleeve. You can guarantee that we will be seeing him on the 29th - somewhere - and we will hear what is really going on with the shutdown.
As to Pelosi’s charges that security of attendees would be compromised if the event went on as planned during the shutdown - that's just a lot of hooey, at least according to a senior Homeland Security official.
The official told Fox News “that they have been preparing for months for the State of the Union event.
"We are ready," the official said. "Despite the fact members of the Secret Service are not being paid, the protective mission has not changed."
As this conflict heats up, only time will tell what Mr. Trump plans to do. But, if you know anything at all about the 45th President of the United States, he marches to the beat of his own drummer. And you can guarantee that he has a plan to thwart the Democrat leadership’s attempts to derail his mission.
I can hardly wait to see what happens next!!