Trump Blinks First in SOTU Standoff

He says he'll postpone speech until shutdown ends
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2019 12:49 AM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2019 6:58 AM CST
Trump Agrees to Delay SOTU Until Shutdown Ends
President Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Unless lawmakers strike a deal to reopen the government by next Tuesday, President Trump's second State of the Union address will be the first in history to be delayed by a shutdown. The president was the first to blink in his SOTU standoff with Nancy Pelosi Wednesday, the BBC reports. After the House speaker told Trump that he would not be invited to deliver the address in the House chamber until the shutdown was resolved, he announced late Wednesday that he would postpone the speech. "As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed," Trump tweeted. "She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative - I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over."

Earlier Wednesday, Trump suggested he might deliver the address from an alternative location, Politico reports. "We'll do something in the alternative. We'll be talking to you about that at a later date," the president told reporters after Pelosi denied him use of the House chamber. Wednesday night, however, he said: "I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber," adding, "I look forward to giving a 'great' State of the Union Address in the near future!" In response, Pelosi tweeted that she hoped Trump would support a House-passed package to end the shutdown that will be before the Senate Thursday. (More State of the Union address stories.)

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