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Washington - After Pelosi Asks Trump To Delay State Of Union Speech Over Shutdown, President Denies Aircraft For Foreign Trip

Published on: January 17, 2019 02:23 PM
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi responds to a question from the news media during her weekly press conference in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 17 January 2019. EPASpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi responds to a question from the news media during her weekly press conference in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 17 January 2019. EPA

Washington -  It took President Donald Trump one day to flex his executive power back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, denying her an aircraft for a planned trip abroad in apparent response to her attempt to delay his State of Union address amid their government shutdown clash.

The nation’s two most powerful leaders appeared to be engaged in a game of Constitutional one-upmanship, as negotiations to end the 4-week stalemate failed to produce results.

In a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, Trump said that due to the shutdown a trip to Egypt, Brussels and Afghanistan would be delayed, declaring: “In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I’m sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.”

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While the shutdown dragged on, the State Department on Thursday instructed all U.S. diplomats in Washington and elsewhere to return to work next week with pay, saying it had found money for their salaries at least temporarily despite the ongoing government shutdown.

In a notice to staff posted online and sent to employees, the department said it had found money to pay most of its employees beginning Sunday or Monday for their next pay period. They will not be paid for time worked since the shutdown began in December until the situation is resolved, said the notice, which was signed by William Todd, the deputy undersecretary of state for management.

It was not immediately clear where the money was found, but the department said it would use “existing funds as well as other available fiscal authorities to shift existing balances to restart payroll funding.”

Salaries cannot be guaranteed beyond the next pay period, which ends on Feb. 14, if the shutdown does not end by then, the department said. However, it said it would “review its balances and available legal authorities to see if other flexibilities may be available.”

The department said it was taking the step because it had become clear that the lapse in funding is harming essential diplomatic and national security objectives.

“While the department has done its best to address matters essential to achieving U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives during the ongoing lapse, it has become clear as the lapse has continued to historic lengths that we need our full team to address the myriad critical issues requiring U.S. leadership around the globe and to fulfill our commitments to the American people,” it said.

It added that the department’s leadership was “deeply concerned” about the financial hardships faced by its employees.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had raised eyebrows among the U.S. diplomatic corps last week when he proclaimed that morale at the State Department was “good” despite the shutdown and the fact that 40 percent of its employees in the U.S. and nearly 23 percent overseas had been furloughed and the rest were working without pay.

His comments also touched a nerve as he said he planned to go ahead with a previously scheduled conference of all U.S. ambassadors in Washington this week despite the funding constraints affecting employees.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan announced the return to work with pay instructions to that conference on Thursday and was greeted with two rounds of sustained applause, according to one diplomat who was present.

Outside the State Department other agencies continued to operate under the shutdown constraints.

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.

“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 02:27 PM Anonymous Says:

That's politics at its best. So far, Trump has volunteered to compromise. Pelosi stubbornly refused.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:41 PM Bezalel Says:

I admire his focus.

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

the President staid in Washington the whole month of December and so far 17 days in January - skipped his Holiday vacation - didn't play any Golf (like you know who) - all to get the proper funding for the U.S. Gov't to continue functioning and get the proper "security" for the southern border.

But the DemocRATS run by Pelosi & Schumer are enjoying life and REFUSE to negotiate, not only with the President but even with their own party.

Very many Democrat Congressmen & women will start negotiating with the President and re-open the Shutdown - then she'll have to be "replaced" as Mrs. Speaker

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

They should just have a duel

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:26 PM Anonymous Says:

This is really sick .Throw them all out !!!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:33 PM qazxc Says:

What a dealmaker! What a genius! So Putzadential!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:34 PM achassidisheyid Says:

Is there someone still working the the White House that can tell him he graduated 3rd grade 65 years ago?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:43 PM puppydogs Says:

Love it, this President is awesome!!!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 03:46 PM Levi Yehdua Says:

She belongs in the country negotiating with the president not out on some field trip. It's bad enough her people were partying in Puerto Rico while millions of people went without a pay check.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:17 PM achassidisheyid Says:

Can some of you stable genuis acolytes please explain to me why the Republicans could not fund a wall during the two years when they were in the majority in both houses of Congress, the orange putz was president and the supreme court had two new conservative members added. Was all this Nancy's fault, too. Or Obama. Or hillary. Why was the wall not funded from Jan 21 2016 until now?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:31 PM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Trump is acting infantile about the Pelosi trip...and most here are populist lemmings.

Much of what is posted here is both embarrassing and a stark example of what happens when a community eschews higher education in the social sciences. It is for good reason that study of the social sciences is mandatory for cadets at all four military academies (Army; Air Force; Navy; and Coast Guard).

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:32 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
achassidisheyid Says:

Is there someone still working the the White House that can tell him he graduated 3rd grade 65 years ago?

After you tell that to Pelosi who has some chutzpa. She started it.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:33 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

This is really sick .Throw them all out !!!

Nope only throw out Pelosi.

That 5 billion for the wall is cheaper than the cost of a shut down.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
achassidisheyid Says:

Can some of you stable genuis acolytes please explain to me why the Republicans could not fund a wall during the two years when they were in the majority in both houses of Congress, the orange putz was president and the supreme court had two new conservative members added. Was all this Nancy's fault, too. Or Obama. Or hillary. Why was the wall not funded from Jan 21 2016 until now?

Logic and agent orange are mutually exclusive.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:37 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

he is as always right.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Many of you should be thrown out of this country. Demorats, Obumu and nothing but insults are the signs that that person unable to muster an intelligent argument uses insults to make an argument a sure sign of low I.Q.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
achassidisheyid Says:

Can some of you stable genuis acolytes please explain to me why the Republicans could not fund a wall during the two years when they were in the majority in both houses of Congress, the orange putz was president and the supreme court had two new conservative members added. Was all this Nancy's fault, too. Or Obama. Or hillary. Why was the wall not funded from Jan 21 2016 until now?

Good point. Even better. Under Obama they voted 6 times to repeal Obamacare, not once to build a Wall. If they didnt want to build the wall for 8 years under Obama and 2 years under Trump WE DON'T NEED A WALL. The wall is a distraction from his problems. Unemployment is 3% We need workers not walls.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:24 PM achassidisheyid Says:

Reply to #12  
Educated Archy Says:

After you tell that to Pelosi who has some chutzpa. She started it.

I think someone need to tell educated Archy, that the 'she started it' argument dosent even work in kindergarden.
BTW, oh educated one, why was the wall not funded from 1/21/16 until last week when the republicans controlled the House and the Senate. Was it Pelosis fault, Obama? Hillary? Pocohontas? Nixon? Agnew? Bengazhi? The private email server? Enquiring minds want to know.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:25 PM LOL Says:

She just got schooled by the president once again. He owns her.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:39 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

Good point. Even better. Under Obama they voted 6 times to repeal Obamacare, not once to build a Wall. If they didnt want to build the wall for 8 years under Obama and 2 years under Trump WE DON'T NEED A WALL. The wall is a distraction from his problems. Unemployment is 3% We need workers not walls.

Not only that, none of these Republicans were advocating for a wall under President Bush or when they had the majority under Obama.

Let them negotiate for a wall in place that aren't private property. Private property could be monitored remotely by drones and technology. Same with parts of the desert.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:54 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #10  
achassidisheyid Says:

Can some of you stable genuis acolytes please explain to me why the Republicans could not fund a wall during the two years when they were in the majority in both houses of Congress, the orange putz was president and the supreme court had two new conservative members added. Was all this Nancy's fault, too. Or Obama. Or hillary. Why was the wall not funded from Jan 21 2016 until now?

It was Benghazzi.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 06:15 PM Anonymous Says:

1000's of people dont have enough money for Medicine. We need Medicare for ALL, not a WALL.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 06:17 PM thefacts Says:

Trump couldnt get the wall passed in 2016-2018 because he didnt have the 60 votes need to pass in the senate.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 06:34 PM achassidisheyid Says:

Reply to #22  
thefacts Says:

Trump couldnt get the wall passed in 2016-2018 because he didnt have the 60 votes need to pass in the senate.

And now he has the votes neither in the senate or the House. The only difference is now he thinks the American people are dumb enough to blame all his failures on the Democrats, whereas before only the deplorable Archy was dumb enough to blame the Democrats. The 'buck stops here' is a concept too abstract for the self absorbed Yutz to grasp.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 07:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
thefacts Says:

Trump couldnt get the wall passed in 2016-2018 because he didnt have the 60 votes need to pass in the senate.

The fake news won't tell you that. Liberals are sad people. What comes around goes around. Happy it happened to Pelosi.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 07:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Logic and agent orange are mutually exclusive.

Pelosi and morality have nothing in common, not a bit of overlap.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 07:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

1000's of people dont have enough money for Medicine. We need Medicare for ALL, not a WALL.

You aren't embarrassed to write this? Who do you think will pay for Medicare for all? And medicine? Perhaps AOC's 70% tax on the rich would get extended to the middle class too. Then we're all finished!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 08:21 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #22  
thefacts Says:

Trump couldnt get the wall passed in 2016-2018 because he didnt have the 60 votes need to pass in the senate.

The senate passed the Tax bill and Kavanaugh with 51 votes. Get the REAL FACTS Its just one click away/

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 08:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
thefacts Says:

Trump couldnt get the wall passed in 2016-2018 because he didnt have the 60 votes need to pass in the senate.

FACT Obamacare was passed with 52 votes. Sorry buddy your Fake News are not facts

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 08:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
thefacts Says:

Trump couldnt get the wall passed in 2016-2018 because he didnt have the 60 votes need to pass in the senate.

Facts is Educated's Fake News

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #28  
Anonymous Says:

FACT Obamacare was passed with 52 votes. Sorry buddy your Fake News are not facts

Liar it passed with 60 votes get educated

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:02 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #11  
Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Trump is acting infantile about the Pelosi trip...and most here are populist lemmings.

Much of what is posted here is both embarrassing and a stark example of what happens when a community eschews higher education in the social sciences. It is for good reason that study of the social sciences is mandatory for cadets at all four military academies (Army; Air Force; Navy; and Coast Guard).

On another one of your crazy tirades. I have a great education with a 95 hs avg, took all my state regents and I have a 3.85 gpa. Beats most uneducated minority groups who are Hillary supporters.

Do you stereotype people of color and Latinos too?
Or only frum Jews.

Penny for your thoughts hypocrite.

When do you crawl out of your cave and decide to use yoni vs all
Your other fake names

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:04 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #10  
achassidisheyid Says:

Can some of you stable genuis acolytes please explain to me why the Republicans could not fund a wall during the two years when they were in the majority in both houses of Congress, the orange putz was president and the supreme court had two new conservative members added. Was all this Nancy's fault, too. Or Obama. Or hillary. Why was the wall not funded from Jan 21 2016 until now?

Things take time buddy. It also didn't help that you guys obstructed him on day one.
Plus you need 60 senators which he never had

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:05 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #11  
Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Trump is acting infantile about the Pelosi trip...and most here are populist lemmings.

Much of what is posted here is both embarrassing and a stark example of what happens when a community eschews higher education in the social sciences. It is for good reason that study of the social sciences is mandatory for cadets at all four military academies (Army; Air Force; Navy; and Coast Guard).

Did you also crtcize pelosi for acting like a baby or its one sided?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:09 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #23  
achassidisheyid Says:

And now he has the votes neither in the senate or the House. The only difference is now he thinks the American people are dumb enough to blame all his failures on the Democrats, whereas before only the deplorable Archy was dumb enough to blame the Democrats. The 'buck stops here' is a concept too abstract for the self absorbed Yutz to grasp.

He thinks they will blame it on dems?

They will! It's thier fault give him a silly 3.5 billion instead 5 of billion and finished

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
ayinglefunadorf Says:

The senate passed the Tax bill and Kavanaugh with 51 votes. Get the REAL FACTS Its just one click away/

That's because of the nuclear option where the rules were changed on confirmations where cloture can be agreed to with only a simple majority.
As for the tax cut bill that was because of a different rule that allowed it to pass with a simple majority no filibuster allowed but all other legislation needs 60 votes for cloture to end a filibuster, once that happens then they would only need a simple majority to pass the legislation. Obama had a 60 vote super majority in the Senate to pass obamacare

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

Many of you should be thrown out of this country. Demorats, Obumu and nothing but insults are the signs that that person unable to muster an intelligent argument uses insults to make an argument a sure sign of low I.Q.

Look at a mirror.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
thefacts Says:

Trump couldnt get the wall passed in 2016-2018 because he didnt have the 60 votes need to pass in the senate.

He still doesn't have 60 votes in the Senate. Now, he doesn't have a majority of the House, either.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:19 PM Henoch Says:

Reply to #27  
ayinglefunadorf Says:

The senate passed the Tax bill and Kavanaugh with 51 votes. Get the REAL FACTS Its just one click away/

You are really embarrassing yourself right about now. It's kind of humorous how ignorant you really are.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:20 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

1000's of people dont have enough money for Medicine. We need Medicare for ALL, not a WALL.

Give Medicare for all and you'll never have any advanced medicines. Good luck on innovative cancer medicine if you don't pay top
Dollar for all .

Look around at all the shnorres from Israel

Fact #2: Medicare doesn't cover long term needs. Do Medicare for all and you won't get any extended nursing home stays or aid

Fact 3: Medicare for all still has deductibles and some stuff uncovered. You'll need to take out supplemental care.

If you want to kill our second to none top health care system go for it

Medicare for all is a stupid naive populist chant. It's for dumb millennials living in parents basements who don't know economics 101

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:30 PM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

Good point. Even better. Under Obama they voted 6 times to repeal Obamacare, not once to build a Wall. If they didnt want to build the wall for 8 years under Obama and 2 years under Trump WE DON'T NEED A WALL. The wall is a distraction from his problems. Unemployment is 3% We need workers not walls.

The wall is simply something that Trump used during the campaign to jog his memory on immigration at the suggestion of his staff. As a builder, he knows it's impractical, but it was a campaign promise.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #25  
Anonymous Says:

Pelosi and morality have nothing in common, not a bit of overlap.

Trump certainly has morality on his side as he's demonstrated time and time again.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Let her fly by commercial aircraft as the other 99.9% of the public has to. Let her be frisked by the TSA, and see how she likes it. Her trip is nothing but a public relations junket, paid by the taxpayers. FEH!!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:35 PM thefacts Says:

The REAL FACTS are that it takes 60 votes to pass a bill in the senate.

Recently, the rules were changed to only need a 51 vote majority for certain exceptions like supreme court nominations and "budget recouncilation" ( Obamacare act).

All other bills still need 60 votes to pass.

You can google it yourself.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:37 PM thefacts Says:

To clarify: most bills require 60 votes to be fillibuster proof.

You can google that also.

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 Jan 18, 2019 at 02:23 AM Mark Levin Says:

The Democrats need to realize this isn't about a cc construction project, this is about NATIONAL SECURITY!

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