Pelosi Cites Safety Concerns in Request for Trump to Delay SOTU Speech: ‘The Point is Security’


Nancy Pelosi spoke to reporters on Wednesday in order to elaborate on her request that President Trump hold off on delivering his State of the Union address.

The House Speaker released a public letter earlier today, saying federal security services have been disrupted to the point that Trump should either wait until the government shutdown ends, or alternatively, submit a written address instead of giving a speech.

When journalists caught up with Pelosi on Capitol Hill, she explained that the State of the Union usually requires massive security arrangements that might not be fulfilled if Trump tries to give the speech while so many organizers and federal workers are still furloughed.

“The point is security…This is a very big deal,” Pelosi said.

When asked if she hopes Trump views the development as a consequence of the shutdown, Pelosi insisted that wasn’t the case, saying Trump could give another Oval Office address if he so chose.

“This is a housekeeping matter in the Congress of the United States so we can honor the responsibility of the invitation we extended to the president.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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