House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited President Donald Trump to deliver the State of the Union Address from the House Chamber on February 5. That’s one week later than had originally been scheduled for the address.
Pelosi canceled the original date when she said she would not move forward on hosting the address in the House so long as Trump kept shut down part of the federal government in order to try to force $5.7 billion funding for the Border Wall he promised Mexico would finance.
She had explained she would not let the address take place from the House so long as those who were charged with protecting all those Washington bigwigs during the annual speech were not getting paid and the government was shut down.
Trump called her move “a great blotch on the incredible country that we all love,” blasting “she does not want to hear the truth” and “does not want the American public to hear what’s going on. She’s afraid of the truth” and is a “radical Democrat.” He first said he would find another venue for the address on the original date.
But after a spirited mine’s-bigger-than-yours between the Washington veteran and the former reality TV star, Trump finally conceded defeat, announcing he would postpone the address until he could deliver from the House chamber.
That came Friday, when the aviation world triggered a groundstop at La Guardia airport and slowdown at other airports in New York and Philly. Trump cried uncle on the shutdown and agreed to a three week re-opening while border security talks continued. The deadline for a deal is now February 15.