Trump Tells Pelosi He Will Deliver State of the Union, and on Capitol Hill

Trump Tells Pelosi He Will Deliver State of the Union, and on Capitol Hill

President Trump sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday stating that he would deliver a State of the Union address at the Capitol next week.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump sent a letter on Wednesday to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, telling her he planned to deliver his State of the Union address in Congress as originally scheduled next Tuesday, despite her earlier warning of security concerns.

The letter is the latest move in a game of brinkmanship between the two over the address.

[Read the letter here.]

Ms. Pelosi had invited Mr. Trump to deliver the speech in a letter on Jan. 3. But on Jan. 16, she warned that there were security concerns about the president coming to Capitol Hill because of the partial government shutdown, which began about a month ago.

Mr. Trump said in Wednesday’s letter that he had checked — and that there were no such concerns from the Secret Service.

“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,” the president wrote.

“It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!” he wrote.

Representative Steny D. Hoyer, the majority leader, speaking to reporters before Mr. Trump sent his letter, said the United States Capitol Police would be fully prepared to provide security in the event that Mr. Trump delivered the address in the Capitol.

“She didn’t disinvite him,” Mr. Hoyer said of Ms. Pelosi. “What she said was she thought it would be appropriate to choose a different date. He has not done so.”

But Representative Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, told reporters, that “unless the government is reopened, it’s highly unlikely that the State of the Union will take place on the floor of the House of Representatives.”


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