On January 16, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made an interesting request of President Trump. She sent a letter requesting that he postpone or cancel his upcoming State of the Union Address.
Pelosi said that the reason for her letter was the ongoing government shutdown, which, at that time, had become the longest running shutdown in government history. She had previously invited President Trump to officially give the annual State of the Union Address, set to take place on January 29th.
A few weeks after inviting him, however, Pelosi sent President Trump a letter asking him to postpone it. She said that in light of the government shutdown and the security concerns that could arise because of it, President Trump should either move the SOTU address to a different date or provide it in writing instead.
Now, President Trump has finally given an answer to the request. He wrote a letter to respond to Speaker Pelosi, noting that safety measures had already been planned out even prior to her letter.
Press Secretary Sanders posted a copy of the letter to her social media accounts on Wednesday, January 23.
Below is the letter:
President Trump wrote, "Dear Madam Speaker, Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed your concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown."
He continued, "Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly."
"Accordingly," he continued, "there are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union Address. Therefore, I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union."
The letter concluded, "I look forward to seeing you on the evening of January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!"
As of Wednesday mid-morning, Speaker Pelosi had not responded to President Trump's letter.
What do you think about President Trump's decision to move forward with his State of the Union address? Let us know your thoughts! In other recent news, the First Couple just celebrated their 14th anniversary. See Melania's glamorous, $100k wedding gown!