State of the Union address will not take place Tuesday

State of the Union address will not take place Tuesday

"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 – Even though the 35-day-long partial government shutdown has ended, President Donald Trump will not deliver the State of the Union Address Tuesday night, according to an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“It’s not tomorrow. Stay tuned for a new date,” Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill told TMN in an email Monday.

Earlier this month Pelosi rescinded Trump’s invitation to deliver the address before a joint session of Congress. The speech had been scheduled for Jan. 29.

Following a two-week feud, Trump acquiesced to Pelosi’s insistence that the speech be postponed until the government reopened.

CNN first reported that the address will not take place on Tuesday.

On Friday evening Congress approved a spending bill that funds outstanding executive departments at existing levels through Feb. 15. Passage was accompanied by an agreement to form a joint House-Senate conference committee to study Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Earlier Friday Trump announced that an agreement had been reached to break the impasse.

However, the president said if lawmakers do not come up with a more comprehensive border security agreement in the next three weeks another shutdown is possible. Trump said he has not ruled out declaring a national emergency in order to get the wall built.

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