President Trump will address the nation at next week’s State of The Union, despite protests by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi to postpone it until the government shutdown ends, according to anonymous sources who spoke with the Associated Press.
The White House sent an email to the Sergeant-at-Arms Tuesday to begin preparations for a Capitol walk-through. The original walk-through was canceled following Pelosi’s request.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” said Pelosi.
Pelosi had cited ‘security concerns’ for requesting the cancellation. However, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the DHS and U.S. Secret Service ‘are fully prepared to support and secure’ the event.
President Cancels Pelosi Trip
The president responded to Pelosi by canceling her oversees trip. Pelosi planned to visit U.S. troops in Egypt and Afghanistan with a stop in Brussels. She received the president’s letter upon boarding her tax-payer funded flight.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 17, 2019
While the longest government shutdown in U.S. history is in its 32nd day politicians on both sides of the isle are concerned that an estimated 800,000 Americans have gone without pay.
McConnell’s Last Ditch Effort
In an effort to end the shutdown, Trump offered a compromise Saturday offering a bill that includes protections for DACA recipients and TPS immigrants. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, is now pushing Democrats to support what appears to be this last ditch effort.
The proposal outlined by @POTUS would reopen the government fully. It is the only proposal currently before us that can be signed by the President and immediately reopen the government.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 22, 2019
“The opportunity to end all this is staring us right in the face,” McConnell said. “That’s why we’ll vote on this legislation on the Senate floor this week. All that needs to happen is for our Democratic colleagues to agree that it’s time to put the country ahead of politics, take yes for an answer and vote to put this standoff behind us.”