Trump says no alternative plan for SOTU, will wait out partial shutdown

Trump says no alternative plan for SOTU, will wait out partial shutdown

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"Just as I promised the American people from this podium 11 months ago, we enacted the biggest tax cuts and reform in American history," President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. "Our massive tax cuts provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses." (open source photo)

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump said Wednesday night that he will wait until the partial government shutdown ends in order to deliver the State of the Union address from the House Chamber, eschewing alternative plans for the annual speech.

During a week-long tit-for-tat between Trump and Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House Speaker initially suggested postponing the address until the shutdown ends.

Trump sent a letter Wednesday telling Pelosi he intended to deliver his speech in the chamber as planned, but the speaker responded by declining to hold the necessary vote to invite the president to the chamber.

The tweets mark a turnaround from the president’s message earlier that day.

“We’ll do something in the alternative,” Trump said prior to a meeting with conservative leaders. “We’ll be talking to you about that at a later date.”

Rumored Plan Bs included delivering the address from the Oval Office or taking his address on the road, either at a rally or via an appearance in a state legislature’s chamber.

Pelosi responded to Trump’s tweet by urging him to support legislation to reopen the government.

Two bills are up for vote Thursday in the Senate, one proposed by Trump to provide $5.7 billion in funds for a barrier between the U.S.-Mexico border in exchange for three years of legislative relief for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status participants.

The second includes funds for border security, but does not include the wall.

Both bills would fully reopen the government, which has now been partially shuttered for 34 days, but neither is expected to pass.

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