Pelosi Will Not Authorize SOTU Until Government Reopens

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., xxxxXXXXX speaks to reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about border security in the Situation Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walk from the West Wing to speak to reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about border security in the Situ... Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walk from the West Wing to speak to reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about border security in the Situation Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) MORE LESS
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January 23, 2019 2:38 p.m.

In a new letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday told President Donald Trump that she will not authorize him to deliver the State of the Union, despite his insistence, until the government reopens.

“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,” she wrote. “At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.”

“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 reopened,” she added.

President Donald Trump reacted to the letter in real time during a pool spray in the White House’s Roosevelt Room.

“I’m not surprised,” he said after smirking and shaking his head. “It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats, they’ve become radicalized, they don’t want to see crimes stop which we can very easily do on the southern border.”

Read Pelosi’s letter here:

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