House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday flat-out rejected President Donald Trump’s plan to deliver his Jan. 29 State of the Union address to Congress at the Capitol, rescinding an earlier invitation until the ongoing government shutdown is over.
Pelosi informed Trump of the decision in a letter, hours after the president declared that he planned to go through with his plan to speak from the House chamber.
“I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House chamber until government has opened,” Pelosi wrote. She added however, that she would welcome Trump to the House on a mutually agreed upon date once the partial government shutdown was over.
Trump has partially shut down the government in a battle with Democrats over $5.6 billion to construct a barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border. The standoff, which reached its 33rd day Wednesday, is already the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
In a brief letter, Trump stated Wednesday that he had been assured that there would be no security concerns if he delivered his speech at the Capitol on Jan. 29 as initially planned.
“Therefore, I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and to the Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union,” Trump wrote.