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Washington - Pelosi Says Trump 'silent' On Postponing State Of The Union

Published on: January 17, 2019 01:30 PM
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters in her first formal news conference since taking control of the House with the Democrats in the majority, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, the 20th day of a partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump threatened today to declare a national emergency to circumvent Pelosi and Congress if he can't reach a deal with Democrats to fund his promised border wall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters in her first formal news conference since taking control of the House with the Democrats in the majority, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, the 20th day of a partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump threatened today to declare a national emergency to circumvent Pelosi and Congress if he can't reach a deal with Democrats to fund his promised border wall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Washington - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump has yet to respond to her request that he postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened so workers can be paid for providing security for the grand Washington tradition.

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“We haven’t heard — very silent,” she told reporters on Thursday. “Let’s get a date when government is open. Let’s pay the employees. Maybe he thinks it’s OK not to pay people who do work. I don’t.”

The president’s planned Jan. 29 address became a potential casualty of the four-week partial government shutdown after the Democratic leader cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security. Republicans cast Pelosi’s move as a ploy to deny Trump the stage.

Trump declined to address the stalemate over the speech Thursday during a visit to the Pentagon, simply promising that the nation will have “powerful, strong border security.”

The uncertainty surrounding the annual address also underscored the unraveling of ceremonial norms and niceties in Trump’s Washington, amid the shutdown over the president’s demand for money to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The impasse is draining the finances of hundreds of thousands of federal employees going without paychecks.

Pelosi reiterated she is more than willing to negotiate money for border security once the government is reopened, but she said Democrats remain opposed to Trump’s long-promised wall, one of his signature campaign promises.

“I’m not for a wall,” Pelosi said twice, mouthing the statement a third time for effect.

Pressure on Trump intensified, as lawmakers from both parties scrambled for solutions. The shutdown, already the longest ever, entered its 27th day Thursday.

While Trump’s own advisers said the shutdown was proving a greater drag on the economy than expected, Trump showed no signs of backing off a fight that he views as vital for his core supporters.



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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:03 PM amerikaner Says:

she has no right to ask for a postponement in the State of the Union speech by the President of the United States of America. She doesn't have to attend and do any of her cronies. But whoever wants to know and realize that the state of the union is VERY GOOD can come and listen.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:07 PM Anonymous Says:

of course the media is silent about her lie about security for the SOTU but that was to be expected from the propaganda arm of the democrat party

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:13 PM Anonymous Says:

travel to the kremlin and speak there

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:20 PM StevenWright Says:

Why didn’t she postpone her appointment as Speakerette?
Will she and Chucky postpone their “rebuttal” speech to the State of the Union?
Nah.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:27 PM Phineas Says:

Conducting the address in the Capitol is only upon authorization of majority leader of both houses of Congress. It's called separation of powers.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:09 PM You list, Nancy Says:

Her agenda is obvious. She wants to deny the most successful president in US history the opportunity to address the nation and discuss all his great accomplishments, and she also realizes she’s on the wrong side of the border security issue. What a low class POS she is. The old hag always looks like she’s chewing her cud...what’s she sucking in whenever she speaks?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
amerikaner Says:

she has no right to ask for a postponement in the State of the Union speech by the President of the United States of America. She doesn't have to attend and do any of her cronies. But whoever wants to know and realize that the state of the union is VERY GOOD can come and listen.

You are not an americaner. In america trump is bal bayis in WH only. Pelosi is the Boss in Congress. Too bad for the POTUS, Even AOC has more privileges in the house than trump. If he wants to hold a state of the union in the WH thats ok. Or maybe he should do it in one of the Trump Hotels.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
amerikaner Says:

she has no right to ask for a postponement in the State of the Union speech by the President of the United States of America. She doesn't have to attend and do any of her cronies. But whoever wants to know and realize that the state of the union is VERY GOOD can come and listen.

This is where we are know. Even Bibi was welcomed in the Capital. Trump is the first POTUS who is not WELCOME in the CAPITOL of the US

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Makes it sound like Pelosi suggested that the address be postponed. That's not the case. In fact, the President has no permission to enter the chambers of the House or Senate without an invitation. Being that this is a joint session, the requirement is for the leaders of both houses to make that invitation. In this case, it's Pelosi (who won't do it) and McConnell (who will). So the President will not give that address from the House floor. Trump does not need to comment. Just to act. And he did. The shutdown is reason enough to not fund Pelosi's discretionary international tour. Probably more volleys of actions to come.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:47 PM puppydogs Says:

I guess the Prez got the last laugh...HAHAHAHAHA

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:34 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #5  
Phineas Says:

Conducting the address in the Capitol is only upon authorization of majority leader of both houses of Congress. It's called separation of powers.

Thank you Mr laywer

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:08 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

You are not an americaner. In america trump is bal bayis in WH only. Pelosi is the Boss in Congress. Too bad for the POTUS, Even AOC has more privileges in the house than trump. If he wants to hold a state of the union in the WH thats ok. Or maybe he should do it in one of the Trump Hotels.

No the hag only has control of the house chamber as for AOC she has no power at all except to vote on legislation and speak on the floor of the house

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:59 PM qazxc Says:

Let him email it to her. Or keep it under 140 characters and tweet it.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:20 PM This is awesome Says:

He's going to move it to the senate and give it there. He owns this witch

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:33 PM Anonymous Says:

There is no constitutional or legal requirement for the President to deliver his State of the Union address in person.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 11:41 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

#1 is mistaken. The President is invited into the Chamber by the Congress. They do not need to extend such an invitation.

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