House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is receiving backlash from Republicans for her letter to the president asking him to push the date of his State of the Union address or provide it in written form due to “security concerns” during the partial government shutdown.
Newly-elected Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) called Pelosi’s idea “silly” and said it would set a “terrible precedent.”
On Wednesday, the speaker of the house wrote to President Donald Trump, saying, “Unless 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 the Congress on January 29th,” as IJR News reported.
She cited that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Secret Service — both which “have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs” — are two crucial parts in keeping events like this secure.
The GOP representative, who is a former Navy SEAL, however, said Pelosi’s request “turns the State of the Union into even more of a political charade than it already is every year, and that’s not a good place to be,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“That’s silly,” Crenshaw said. “Stop with the political stone-throwing and posturing. The president, kind of, has every right to make his case just as they have every right to make their case.”
“Everybody should go up and make their points and see which one is more convincing, and I think their side is far less convincing,” he added. “It’s a terrible precedent to set to disinvite the president from the State of the Union.”
Other GOP responded to Pelosi’s State of the Union delay request, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise who asked: “What are Democrats afraid of Americans hearing?”
While Pelosi is right that it’s crucial to have proper security for the State of the Union address, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen rebuked Pelosi’s “security concerns,” saying the DHS and secret service are “fully prepared” for the event, despite the shutdown.
The partial government shutdown heads into day-27 and there seems to be no clear end to it as top Democrats continue to feud with President Trump over his proposed $5.7 billion in border wall funding.