House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday said President Trump should consider scheduling the State of the Union address after the shutdown is over or send it in writing, citing security concerns.
I’d say the main thing going on here, beside a gratuitous insult, is that Pelosi wants to deny Trump the biggest soapbox of the year to make his case on the shutdown and the border wall.
“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 your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress,” she wrote Trump.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary KirstJen Nielsen said security was no problem.
“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland,” Nielsen tweeted.