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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) still won’t allow President Trump to deliver his State of the Union address from the House Chamber even though he reopened the government.
“It’s not happening on 1/29,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
President Trump was originally scheduled to give his SOTU speech from the House Chamber on Tuesday, but Pelosi refused to allow it citing security concerns due to the government shutdown.
“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,” the California Democrat wrote Wednesday in a letter to Trump.
The President ended the shutdown on Friday and agreed to reopen the government without border wall funding. Trump signed a short term continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 15.
At a presser on Friday following Trump’s announcement to reopen the government, Pelosi said, “The State of the Union is not planned now.” The Speaker added that discussions about the date of the SOTU will take place after the shutdown officially ended.
“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.
Pelosi’s aide confirmed to CNN on Monday that the SOTU that was originally scheduled for Jan 29 is still not happening.
Trump threatened to shut down the government again in three weeks if a deal is not made to build a border wall. President Trump added that he will use constitutional powers to build the wall if he has to.
It’s unclear whether Pelosi and the White House have since discussed another date for the annual address, which hosts all members of Congress, the president’s Cabinet and Supreme Court justices.
UPDATE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address on February 5.