House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi has just shot back at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union letter.
In a letter obtained by CNN Rep. Pelosi said that when she invited him she did not think the government shutdown would be ongoing.
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 23, 2019
Pelosi did not mention security as she did in her first letter threatening to cancel the State of the Union.
Which is likely because her security concerns were just cover for her pettiness.
“I’m not surprised,” President Trump said to reporters in response to the news.
“It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats,” he said.
“They have become radicalized. They don’t want to see crime stopped which we can easily do on the southern border,” he said.
“This will go on for a while (but) ultimately the American people will have their way because they want to see no crime,” he said.
He then told reporters he “will respond to it in a timely manner,” referencing Pelosi’s letter.
President Trump issued his letter earlier on Wednesday saying he was going to deliver the State of the Union.
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Madam Speaker:
Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown. Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly.
Accordingly, there are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union 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.
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!
Donald J. Trump
The letter came in response to Speaker Pelosi’s letter saying that she did not believe they had the security for the event.
The New York Times reported on what a top Democrat said before the letter was sent.
Representative Steny D. Hoyer, the majority leader, speaking to reporters before Mr. Trump sent his letter, said the United States Capitol Police would be fully prepared to provide security in the event that Mr. Trump delivered the address in the Capitol.
“She didn’t disinvite him,” Mr. Hoyer said of Ms. Pelosi. “What she said was she thought it would be appropriate to choose a different date. He has not done so.”
But Representative Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, told reporters, that “unless the government is reopened, it’s highly unlikely that the State of the Union will take place on the floor of the House of Representatives.”