In a new letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump on Wednesday ignored Pelosi’s request to postpone the State of the Union until the government reopens and said he would be delivering the address as previously scheduled on Jan. 29.
“It would be 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.
Pelosi sent Trump a letter last week requesting that the annual address be pushed back until the government is reopened, citing the security issues of having officials from all three branches of government under one roof during a government shutdown when security agents aren’t being paid.
President Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi on the State of the Union pic.twitter.com/B4QN9hDJnv
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 23, 2019
During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that Trump sent the letter because he wanted people to be able to plan ahead of the event on Tuesday. She also suggested that Pelosi only sent postponement request because she can’t control her chamber or her “temper” regarding Trump.