President Donald Trump: SOTU Won't Happen Until After Shutdown Ends

Trump tried to bully his way into the State of the Union address, writing to Pelosi that he'd be prepared to deliver it next week.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week called on Trump to reconsider delivering the president's annual address before a gathering of both chambers of Congress and other dignitaries given that about one-quarter of the U.S. government has been shuttered since December 22. Conway spoke out against Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts for calling President Donald Trump's exchange with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "vicious" regarding the State of the Union. Some have speculated that Trump might deliver his speech to a cheering throng, away from D.C. -the alternative I advocated-or that he give the speech at the Southern border.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell withdrew the bills after Trump, who initially had indicated he would support the Senate bills, changed his mind after withering criticism from conservative pundits and lawmakers.

"You heard from the [FBI agents] association because of the shutdown that they had no funds to pay for investigation and prosecution of cases including child exploitation, cyber warfare", she said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is officially postponing President Donald Trump's State of the Union address until the government is fully reopened.

As of Thursday, Pelosi told members of the press that she "doesn't understand why" the president needs a wall.

It's the latest move in a game of political brinksmanship between Trump and the House Speaker as they remain locked in an increasingly personal standoff over Trump's demand for border wall funding that has forced a partial government shutdown that is now in its second month.

The California Democrat told Trump in a letter Wednesday the Democratic-controlled House won't pass the required measure for him to give the nationally televised speech from the House floor.

Pelosi last week cited the impact of the ongoing shutdown on the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service. Pelosi suggested delivering the address on January 29. Fellow guest former Maryland Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards agreed, saying that Trump hadn't "counted on having an opposition party in the House".

Republican officials are closely watching to see if Pelosi officially rescinds the invite, which was delivered to the White House on January 4.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, even as officials continued to work on a backup plan to have the president speak somewhere else.

Pelosi said "I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened".

He might have delivered the speech from the White House or from one of the several state capitols where he has been invited.

Traditionally the president's annual speech is delivered before a joint session of Congress in the ornate chamber of the House of Representatives.

  • Joey Payne