The White House is reportedly planning to hold the annual State of the Union address as previously planned; ignoring Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s insistence the speech be delayed due to the ongoing government shutdown.
“The White House is still planning to move ahead with next week’s scheduled State of the Union address, but the details remain up in the air after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly urged the president to delay the speech or submit it in writing amid the government shutdown fight,” writes Fox News.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless the government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to Congress on January 29,” Pelosi wrote in a letter last week.
“We are still in a holding pattern,” one senior source said.
Read the full report at Fox News.
HANNITY: Pelosi’s ‘Intercontinental Trip’ Shows She’s Not Serious About Gov Shutdown
Speaking during his opening monologue on ‘Hannity’ Thursday night, Sean slammed Speaker Pelosi’s “postponed” international trip in the midst of a partial government shutdown; saying the liberal leader was playing petty political games.
“In the middle of a partial government shutdown, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was all set to leave on a military plane, on your dime, and embark on a seven-day excursion with other Democratic members of Congress,” said Hannity.
“That’s until President Trump pulled the plug… Keep in mind this letter comes 24-hours after Speaker Pelosi called for the State of the Union to be canceled. She was perfectly happy to take a government-funded intercontinental trip instead of staying in Washington, DC and doing her job,” he added.
Watch Hannity’s opening monologue above.
NICE TRY NANCY: DHS Secretary Confirms Secret Service ‘Fully Prepared’ for State of the Union
The Department of Homeland Security slammed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “security concerns” argument surrounding the President’s State of the Union address this week; confirming the Secret Service is “fully prepared” to protect the annual event.
“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland,” posted DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on social media.
The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.
— Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen (@SecNielsen) January 16, 2019
Sen. Rand Paul urged President Trump to hold the address in the US Senate Thursday; saying his chamber should host the event should Pelosi refuse to invite the Commander-in-Chief to the House of Representatives.