WASHINGTON, D.C. – When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) canceled the State of the Union address scheduled for January 29, disinviting President Donald Trump from the U.S. House and citing security issues amid the government shutdown, Trump turned around and canceled her foreign, taxpayer-funded trips, citing the government shutdown.
After the entertaining exchange on the world’s biggest political stage, many wondered how or when Trump would issue the address to the American people. Would it be held in the U.S. Senate instead? Would it go out via other media? Several state legislatures invited the president to give the address from their own legislative chambers.
If the president gives the speech at a rally, it would be his first rally-style event since the partial shutdown began.
Last week, Tim Moore, the Republican speaker of the North Carolina House invited Trump to the state’s legislature to deliver the address. He wrote to the president on Friday inviting him to deliver the speech in the House chamber of the North Carolina General Assembly.
President Trump responded to Moore by thanking him over the phone. Moore said that he spoke briefly with the president on Monday. His office said Tuesday that Trump’s team was “still determining when the speech would take place.””
Democrats certainly did not want the president to have such a large stage from which to lambaste them for their intransigence, or highlight the very real needs for border security, but could they really prevent the president from giving a State of the Union address?
SCOOP: @WhiteHouse has sent a letter to the Sergeant-At-Arms, asking to schedule a walk-through for the SOTU address. SAA cancelled a walk-through last week at the request of @SpeakerPelosi . @realDonaldTrump still plans to be at the Capitol on Jan 29 for the speech
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) January 22, 2019
Interesting. Either President Trump expects the shutdown and border security impasse to come to a grand conclusion in the next couple of days, or he has figured out a way around Pelosi’s desperate political ploy.
Either way, get your popcorn ready.