President Donald Trump will not be giving his State of the Union speech on the House floor next Tuesday after the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote him a letter telling him she would not authorise the address until the government is re-opened.
“Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened, Pelosi wrote.
This afternoon, I sent @realDonaldTrump a letter informing him that the House will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened. https://t.co/r1oad0xEAh pic.twitter.com/kGEbayx95u
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 23, 2019
Trump described her decision as a ‘disgrace’.
America is now in the 33rd day of the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history.
Pelosi’s decision, which Trump effectively dared her to make, marks a new low in the relationship between the President and the House, as well as an escalation of the feud between the two most powerful figures in American politics.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 23, 2019
President Trump says he’ll do an “alternative” event to the traditional State of the Union.
While the annual address to Congress, a constitutional obligation, has been delivered every year since 1870 it has not always been broadcast live on TV.
Previous presidents have delivered a report in writing.