By: Brian Evans
Once again House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent a letter to President Trump on Wednesday, asking him to postpone the State of the Union Address to the Joint session of Congress. It was scheduled for January 29th, but Pelosi said that due to security concerns that the Department of Homeland Security and Secret Service cited over the partial government shutdown, she called for its postponement. She points to the fact that the United States Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 27 days now, and said that they would not be ready for the speech. On Wednesday, Pelosi wrote…
“Sadly given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.”
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
However, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service quikly refuted her claims, and said that they had been working on security for the SOTU for months, and they are ready…
“Senior DHS official says the Secret Service is ready for President Trump’s State of the Union on January 29 and that no one from Nancy Pelosi’s office checked with the Secret Service before requesting delay.”
Department of Homeland Security
Within a few hours, House Majority leader Steney Hoyer made a bold claim and insinuated that the Demcorats were ‘holding the State of the Union hostage, as he told CNN that the State of the Union was effectively canceled, until President Trump agreed to reopened government. Hoyer said…
“The State of the Union is off,” then adding that President Trump could not convince them to schedule it until Trump reopened the government.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) who comes from a more conservative state, quickly criticized the House Speaker’s decision to ‘disinvite’ the President from the State of the Union Address. He told MSNBC that he believes it is the “wrong approach”.
By Thursday morning, Republicans were talking about moving the State of the Union to the Senate chambers, as Senator Rand Paul said on Fox and Friends that if the House
“this would be the first time in history that a House Speaker would deny the President the forum of speaking.” Therefore, Rand Paul said, “lets host it in the Senate.” The audience loved the idea, when asked by the Fox and Friends crew.
Also, the Democrats quickly realized that the optics were not good and the American people were not receiveing their threats of holding the SOTU hostage well. Consequently, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) walked back his remarks and said on Fox News Channel that the planned speech was, in fact, “not officially off.” The House leader changed his earlier statement that it was called off to stating…
“No, I don’t think it’s officially off we — I had not seen the speaker’s letter. What she suggests is a real security problem, unless we’ve opened up the government. Uh So — and we haven’t gotten a reply from the president and his thoughts. So, it’s not officially off, no.”
Steney Hoyer, House Majority Leader
In the end, this cannot end well for Demcorats, as trying to silence a President will only anger his base, and frustrate voters! Furthermore, it will take more than a disinvite from Nancy Pelosi to silence President Trump!