Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

US President Donald Trump delays State of the Union address

US President Donald Trump delays State of the Union address

Traditionally the speech, which is scheduled for next Tuesday, is given by the president in the ornate chamber of the House of Representatives, to a joint session of the Senate and House.

Trump's first State of the Union address a year ago lasted 80 minutes, making it one of the longest such speeches in US history.

The President can not speak in front of a joint session of Congress without both chambers' explicit permission, and a resolution needs to be approved by both chambers specifying the date and time for receiving an address from the President.

Pelosi's January 3 invitation to Trump to deliver the address, sent during the first two weeks of the partial government shutdown, did not mention any of the security concerns she raised in her January 16 letter suggesting Trump delay it.

Other leaders in the Democratic-controlled House said they were drafting a funding offer they will likely make to Trump in a letter.

One possible option: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican ally, said that he has invited Trump to deliver the speech from the state Capitol in Charleston, "in a state full of people who love their country".

Speaker Pelosi's reversal is an unprecedented attempt to impede the President of the United States from performing his constitutional duty laid out in Article II to 'give the Congress information of the State of the Union.' .

Mr Trump wants $5.7bn (£4.4bn) to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, but newly empowered Democrats have refused. Therefore, he will be honoring her invitation and giving his speech on the House floor.

But the speaker stood firm, rejecting Trump's demand.

'She doesn't want the American public to hear what's going on and she is afraid of the truth. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the agencies were prepared to support the speech.

Pelosi sent a letter to Trump last week citing security issues with hosting the State of the Union during a government shutdown and suggested he delay delivery of the address until the government is reopened or submit it in writing.

A president can not speak in Congress unless he is invited by the Speaker of the House.

About a quarter of the government has been shut down since 22 December when some U.S. agencies' funding expired for reasons unrelated to border security or immigration.

FILE - President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 30, 2018.

"I think that Chuck Schumer, sadly, is dominated by the radical left and he's dominated by Nancy Pelosi".

"There's no excuse for Senate Republicans not to pass this legislation", Pelosi told reporters, referring to the Democratic plan.

When I extended an invitation on January 3rd for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th.

Passage of such a resolution is required before the president can speak in the House.

Trump didn't initially respond to Pelosi's suggestion that he not deliver the address.

Throughout the shutdown, now in its 33rd day, Democrats have repeatedly voted to reopen government so that federal workers can pay their bills, government services will be available to the American people, and the nation's economy will not be damaged further.

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