Pelosi To Block Trump's SOTU Address Despite Government Reopening

In a move that's sure to infuriate President Trump and likely impede negotiations over the border security funding that Trump has demanded be part of any permanent plan to avert another shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still planning to postpone the State of the Union by refusing to officially invite the president to give the annual speech on Tuesday.

Asked about the SOTU, Pelosi said after a deal to end the shutdown had been reached that she and the president would discuss holding the SOTU once the government had reopened, a cryptic response that many interpreted as meaning that the speech would be postponed, according to USA Today.

"What I said to the president is when the government is opened we will discuss a mutually agreeable date," Pelosi said, adding "I'll look forward to doing that" and welcoming Trump in the House chambers when that is done.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, later affirmed that the speech wouldn't be happening on 1/29. And on Sunday, CNN's Jim Sciutto reported that an aide to Pelosi had anonymously confirmed that the House wouldn't consider the concurrent resolution that must be passed to officially invite the president to House chambers, where the speech has traditionally been held.

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New: Pelosi aide confirms SOTU will not take place this Tuesday. No information about when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might invite President Trump to deliver the address, CNN reporting.

9:16 AM - Jan 27, 2019

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Remember when obstructing was a bad thing?

“We did not treat President Bush this way,” she said. “We thought we had a responsibility to work with the president to get a job done for the American people and we did. This obstruction to President Obama is something quite stunning. It’s something quite different.” -Nancy Pelosi 2014

“Congressional Republicans never miss an opportunity to obstruct progress for America’s middle class. Today was no different, as both House and Senate Republicans chose obstruction over cooperation and blocked the Democratic efforts to keep college affordable." -Nancy Pelosi 2012

Nancy is scared to death of the new left wing socialists that are taking over her party!

Trump to deliver State of the Union February 5, 2019 before a Joint Session of Congress in the House Chamber.

President Trump has accepted an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver the State of the Union address next week.

"It is my great honor to accept," he told Pelosi in a letter Monday. "We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve!"

On Monday, Pelosi invited Mr. Trump to deliver the address in a letter, posted on Twitter by her spokesman, Drew Hammill. It read, "In our conversation today, we agreed on February 5th. Therefore, I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on February 5, 2019 in the House Chamber."

Hamill said that the conversation between Mr. Trump and Pelosi was the first they'd had since Jan. 9, the day he met her in the White House Situation Room about the shutdown. Their meeting that day ended abruptly, with the president walking out of the room after Pelosi said she was not willing to support a border wall soon, even if the government reopened.

Last week, before the partial government shutdown ended, Mr. Trump had acceded to Pelosi's request that he reschedule the speech until after the government was open again. This was more than a request, however — Pelosi said that she would not allow a vote on a concurrent resolution authorizing him to make the address in the House chamber.

The White House is reviewing Pelosi's letter and invitation.

Since Nancy said today that there will NO funding for the wall, I hope that he announces the plan they have been working on to use the 7 billion dollars they have available from DOD and DHS for the wall at the State of the Union on the 5th. Trump can direct the military to immediately start on the wall. If he does it on the 5th, with her sitting behind him, her face will contort into all sorts of strange expressions, her head will spin around, and, she will look like she is going through an exorcism. It will be epic! 

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No funding for wall = no DACA & no TPS.

What a great place, the Congress.

Mr. President, use your powers as Commander in Chief to build wall/barriers - apparently your only option.

2:10 PM - 31 Jan 2019





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