WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to deliver the annual State of the Union address in the House Chamber next week, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) request to postpone the event until after the government shutdown ends.
“I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives,” Trump said in a letter Wednesday to Pelosi. “It would be very sad for our country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!”
Pelosi initially invited Trump at the beginning of the month to deliver the address on Jan. 29.
However, last week Pelosi sent Trump a letter urging him to either reschedule the speech or submit it in writing, citing concerns over holding a major high-profile event during a period of time when the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service are “hamstrung” by the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Trump initially replied by canceling an official trip to Afghanistan and Brussels that Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers were scheduled to embark on last week.
In Wednesday’s letter, Trump brushed aside Pelosi’s security concerns, stating that he has been assured by Homeland Security and the Secret Service that there will be “absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event.”
Pelosi, who has authority over the use of the chamber, has not yet publicly responded to Trump’s letter.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News Monday morning that the president has a “Plan B” if Pelosi opts to not allow the Capitol appearance to take place.