It appears that the State of the Union address has been officially canceled.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday afternoon that Democrats have rescinded President Donald Trump's invitation to speak. This effectively canceled President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
“The state of the union is off,” Hoyer said in an interview with CNN, adding that Trump could not convince them to schedule it until Trump reopened the government.
Hoyer comment comes after news broke that Pelosi sent the president a letter, urging him to postpone the speech or simply deliver a letter to Congress.
On January 3, when the shutdown had already begun, Pelosi invited Trump to Congress to deliver his State of the Union address on January 29th. At the time, Trump accepted.
He said on January 6, “I will be making the State of the Union on January 29th. And I look forward to it. I look forward to it. And I look forward to speaking, really, before the world. We have a lot of great things to say. Our country is doing better than any country in the world, right now.”
The government shutdown continues over funding for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. As a result of this issue, Democrats and Republicans are at a standstill over the budget.
On Wednesday, January 16, Pelosi suggested that President Trump postpone his State of the Union address. She also gave him the option of submitting the address in writing as past presidents had done before Woodrow Wilson started the tradition of giving the speech.
Pelosi wrote, "Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th."