Trump Tried to Hold the SOTU—and Nancy Pelosi Shut Him Down

She did that!

Trump and Nancy Pelosi’s State of the Union (SOTU) tit-for-tat continues: Trump still wants to deliver his address amid the United States’ historic government shutdown, but the Speaker of the House isn’t having it.

On January 3, 2019, Pelosi, the House’s top Democrat, formally invited the President to deliver the annual speech at Capitol Hill on January 29.

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However, she relayed to Trump on January 16 that there were safety concerns about him coming to Capitol Hill that day to due to the partial government shutdown, which began about a month ago, reports The New York Times.

Naturally, Trump fired back in a letter, claiming that the Secret Service wasn’t concerned for his safety—and writing that he would be “honoring your invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union.”

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CNN Politics described Trump’s response as a power move “essentially daring the body’s top Democrat to formally disinvite him from delivering the yearly message.”

And Pelosi seems to have taken the dare: The House Speaker held her ground, writing in a letter dated January 23 addressed to the White House that she wouldn’t allow a vote necessary for him to proceed with the SOTU as planned until the shutdown has ended.

“I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when the government has been opened,” she wrote.

And that’s how you stand up to a bully.

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