“I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the president’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened,” Pelosi wrote in the letter to Trump.
Pelosi added in her letter that she looks forward to welcoming Trump to the House “on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday officially blocked President Donald Trump from giving the State of the Union address in the House, an unprecedented move that underscores how bitter partisan tensions have paralyzed Washington.
Trump and Republican lawmakers blasted Pelosi for her decision, accusing her of engaging in a cheap political stunt designed simply to embarrass the president.
Yet the California Democrat — with the support of her colleagues — isn’t backing down, and Trump is now looking for an alternative to an address on the House floor.
It’s the latest chapter in an increasingly personal tit-for-tat between the two national leaders, and maybe the lowest point in a political crisis that grinds on with no end in sight. At the moment, the only thing that Trump and Pelosi can agree on is they can’t sit in the same room for an hour, even if it’s the cavernous House chamber.
“Now Nancy Pelosi, or ‘Nancy,’ as I call her, she doesn’t want to hear the truth and she doesn’t want to hear, more importantly, the American people [to] hear the truth,” Trump told reporters after the speaker’s announcement that she would not let the speech proceed. “It’s a disgrace.”