Amid the partial government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recommended the president push the date of his State of the Union address or provide it in written form, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is not having it.
President Donald Trump is set to deliver an address on January 29, 2019, where he will lay out his agenda as he takes on his third year in office.
Pelosi proposed Trump reschedule his STOU due to “security concerns” as the government remains partially shut down in its 26th day.
The shutdown continues as the president and top Democrats haven’t come to an agreement on funding for Trump’s proposed $5.7 billion for constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
After the House speaker suggested President Trump move the date, Scalise ripped her for “#ShutdownNancy” and for wanting to push back the STOU. “What are Democrats afraid of Americans hearing?” he asked.
“That 17,000+ criminals were caught last year at the border? 90% of heroin in the US comes across the southern border? Illegal border crossings dropped 90%+ in areas w/ a wall?”
“This decision makes clear what we already know: Democrats are only interested in obstructing @realDonaldTrump, not governing,” Scalise added.
This decision makes clear what we already know: Democrats are only interested in obstructing @realDonaldTrump, not governing.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 16, 2019
Pelosi wrote a letter to the president on Thursday suggesting he either move the date “unless government re-opens this week” or “consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress.”
News: @SpeakerPelosi letter to President Trump suggesting he move State of the Union until after government re-opens – or submit his speech in writing instead – due to Shutdown effect in DHS and Secret Service, via @FoxReports & @arogDC: pic.twitter.com/CPMvjm7shr
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) January 16, 2019
The Democratic congressional leader went on to cite that the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security — both of which “have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs” — are crucial in ensuring security at the event.
The feud between the two — Trump and Pelosi — continues as Republicans desire funds to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico, while Democrats aren’t budging on providing any funds of the sort. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called on Pelosi to be “serious” about her leadership role and to “work with us and fix this problem.”