Nancy Pelosi Responds to Trump Saying He’ll Wait Until After the Shutdown to Give State of the Union


Late Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to President Donald Trump‘s pair of tweets announcing he planned to wait until after the shutdown to give his State of the Union address.

“As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over,” Trump wrote.

He added that he looked forward to giving the speech in the “near future.”

In response, Pelosi wrote: “Mr. President, I hope by saying ‘near future’ you mean you will support the House-passed package to #EndTheShutdown that the Senate will vote on tomorrow. Please accept this proposal so we can re-open government, repay our federal workers and then negotiate our differences.”

Trump has repeatedly said the shutdown could last a long time, most recently on earlier on Wednesday.

“They don’t want to see crime stopped, which we can easily do on the southern border,” Trump said, after learning Pelosi would not allow the State of the Union in the House chambers during ht shutdown.

He then said this, referring to the shutdown: “This will go on for a while.”

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