In spite of the thinly-veiled threat issued by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she requested that the State of the Union Address by postponed until the government shutdown is over, President Trump is moving ahead with his plans to speak to the nation on January 29th as planned.
Ms. Pelosi sent a letter to Mr. Trump saying that she had concerns over the ability of the Secret Service to protect the safety of all the members of Congress should the speech go on. Due to the month-long shutdown, staffing across the board has been reduced, leaving only ‘essential workers’ in their posts. That is her stated reason for wanting the event postponed or delivered in writing.
According to multiple sources, “It remains unclear whether the address scheduled for Jan. 29 will, in fact, go forward, or what venue it would be in. The White House is even planning for the possibility of a speech outside of Washington.”
But Fox News is reporting that things are a little farther along than others may have thought.
“The White House sent a letter to the House Sergeant at Arms asking to schedule a walk-through for next week’s planned address. This comes after a previously scheduled walk-through last week was canceled at Pelosi’s request.”
Even though President Trump plans to be at the Capitol next Tuesday to give the speech, White House officials told Fox News “They essentially are preparing for two tracks for next week's speech. The preferred track is an address, as per custom, at the Capitol. The second track is a backup plan for a speech outside of Washington, D.C.”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley relents that whether or not the speech is given on the House floor is ultimately up to Pelosi. But if she squelches that venue, all is not lost.
“There are many ways he can deliver the State of the Union Address,” Gidley said on ‘America's Newsroom.’ “I’m not going to get ahead of anything he would announce.”
Gidley accused Pelosi of “trying to play politics with that venue.” He also slammed the Speaker for the lame excuse that it would be impossible to provide security.
“If the Secret Service can protect the president of the United States on a trip to Iraq, chances are they can protect the American president in the halls of Congress,” Gidley said.
And Fox News has received word from a senior Homeland Security official that the forcer has been training for months for the SOTU and that "We are ready.”
In true patriotic fashion, the official stated that even though the Secret Service team is not being paid, “the protective mission has not changed.
"It is a 'no fail' mission."
I have a hunch that we'll be seeing our President on TV next Tuesday night. Whether members of Congress will attend or stage a boycott remains to be seen. Either way, I look forward to hearing what Mr. Trump has to say.
Hotta love the snarky remarks coming from social media. Just goes to show that it's not just the President who is getting tired of the games.
"The State of the Union, both the House of Representatives and Senate must pass resolutions inviting the president to give the speech. Neither resolution has been passed yet. Pelosi can refuse to put a resolution up for a vote, giving her power to enforce her dis-invitation."
"Has Speaker Pelosi built a wall to keep the President from delivering The State of the Union? Is this immoral?"
"He just needs to do it from the Oval office. And he could just open it up with, "I'm coming to you from the Oval office because Nancy Pelosi is an obstructionist idiot. But the state of the Union is outstanding."