Trump changes course, will delay SOTU till shutdown over

In Tweet Called 'Shocking,' Trump Surrenders to Pelosi on State of the Union Address: 'This Is Her Prerogative'

There has been much speculation about the State of the Union ever since Nancy Pelosi purported to withdraw the House's invitation to the president to speak in the speech's traditional home, the House chamber.

It's unclear what options for venues the White House is exploring aside from the House chamber, where State of the Union addresses have been delivered since President Woodrow Wilson's speech in 1913.

Trump was asked about Pelosi's action during a health care event at the White House and as the government shutdown extended into a second month.

The White House is forging ahead with State of the Union preparations despite no commitment from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to hold the annual address at the Capitol, further escalating the political tit-for-tat between the two leaders as the federal government remains partially shuttered.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Trump should give the address as scheduled, saying Americans "should see their government leaders in the same room working to make our future brighter".

The message came in contrast to one White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders gave Wednesday morning when she told Fox News: "The President will talk to the American people on january 29 as he does nearly every single day".

The gamesmanship began last week when Pelosi sent a letter to Trump suggesting that he either deliver the speech in writing or postpone it until after the partial government shutdown is resolved, citing security concerns.

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Pelosi said "I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened". Pelosi, in a January 16 letter to the president, urged Trump to postpone it or to give it in writing.

It's unclear whether that will happen; Pelosi hasn't yet weighed in on whether she will allow it. The Post reports, "House Democrats are prepared to support increased spending on border security, but not a wall, if President Trump agrees to reopen the government first, lawmakers and aides said Wednesday".

Pelosi's stiff-arm left the president looking for an alternative setting from which to address the nation.

UPDATE: In response to Trump's letter, Pelosi remained obdurate.

The White House is proceeding with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Tuesday without knowing whether Democrats will let him have that stage. She noted that both the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security are unfunded as a result of the ongoing budget standoff.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, even as officials continued to work on a backup plan to have the president speak somewhere else.

On Tuesday, the speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tim Moore, said Trump called him to thank him for offering the Raleigh legislature as a venue.

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