Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traded letters Wednesday about when and where the State of the Union will be held; it was previously planned for January 29th in the House of Representatives chamber, but Speaker Pelosi
asked told Trump in a letter on January 16th that it'll have to be postponed or delivered alternatively due to the on going government shutdown.
Trump responded to her in his usually condescending, passive-aggressive manner.
Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019 (that's a weird way to start, since he's already thanked her and accepted), sent to me long after the Shutdown began (oh, now I see why he did that), 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(knowing how he usually speaks, writes, this is incredibly condescending). 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 (inviting himself over). It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time (there's no SOTU deadline), on schedule (there's no SOTU schedule), and very importantly, on location (and very importantly, there's no specific SOTU location)!
Speaker Pelosi responded by being a bit more direct... To paraphrase: We're closed that day.
The State of the Union isn't a set thing, it just became a tradition for the President to deliver it in front of Congress, but all the President is required to do is to let Congress know what's up with the country every once in a while - it can be delivered in any way the President chooses; in person, behind their backs, by letter, game of telephone, interpretive dance...
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