President Donald Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday to inform her that he would deliver his State of the Union address from the House floor next week.
The bold message comes after Pelosi told Trump she would postpone the State of the Union due to “security” concerns caused by the government shutdown.
Correcting Pelosi, Trump said in his letter that there are “no security concerns” and, therefore, no reason to postpone his address.
“Therefore, I will be honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union,” Trump wrote.
He continued: “I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. It would be so very sad for our country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!”
Technically, Pelosi will still have to “invite” President Trump in order for the SOTU to take place on the House floor.
Pelosi falsely claimed that the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security would be unable to provide adequate security, a claim that both agencies denied.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless the 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 Congress on January 29,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump.
What should Trump do if Pelosi still tries to obstruct his State of the Union?