Adding to his previous comments responding to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) cancellation of the State of the Union address until the government reopens, President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed the move by Pelosi as “a great blotch” on the country.
“The State of the Union speech has been cancelled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn’t want to hear the truth,” Trump told reporters from the White House’s Cabinet Room, saying that Pelosi is “afraid of the truth and the super-left Democrats.”
The President was briefly sidetracked, bragging about how Republicans maintained control of the Senate in November’s elections, before returning to the topic at hand.
“We were planning on doing a really very important speech in front of the House and the Senate and the Supreme Court and everybody else that’s there,” he said. “It’s called the State of the Union, it’s in the Constitution.”
“We’re supposed to be doing it and now Nancy Pelosi, or Nancy, as I call her, she doesn’t want to hear the truth and she doesn’t want, more importantly, for the American people to hear the truth.”
He continued: “We just found out that she’s cancelled it. I think that’s a great blotch on the incredible country that we all love. It’s a great, great horrible mark. I don’t believe it’s ever happened before and it’s always good to be part of history but this is a very negative part of history.”
In 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan cancelled his planned State of the Union address following the Challenger space shuttle explosion. He ultimately delivered the address a week later.
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) January 23, 2019
This post has been updated.