Nancy Pelosi Refuses to Authorize Donald Trump to Deliver State of the Union Before Congress

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to allow President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union Address next week before Congress during the government shutdown, despite his request to do so.

In a letter to Pelosi on Wednesday, Trump said he "will be honoring your [original] invitation, and fulfilling my Constitutional duty, to deliver important information to the people and Congress of the United States of America regarding the State of our Union."

Previously, Pelosi requested that the president postpone his January 29 address—or deliver it in writing—until the government is reopened. She cited security concerns as the main factor, which Homeland Security and the president have said will not be an issue.

"It would be so very sad for our country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!" Trump added.

Responding to the president's request with a letter of her own shortly after, the speaker said she will not move forward with a procedural measure that is required in order to host Trump next week.

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President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018. He still plans to deliver his State of the Union Address to the House next week. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Congress has to pass a concurrent resolution that would formally allow Trump to deliver his speech in the House. Pelosi said the chamber "will not consider" such a resolution that officially establishes the date and time of the address, which would then need to be approved by the Senate. Such a procedure is typically mundane and nonpartisan.

"Again, I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when the government has been opened," she wrote. Democarts continued to say on Wednesday, prior to his letter to Pelosi, that the president should not deliver his speech so long as the government remains shuttered.

Among the realm of possibilities for alternative locations for Trump's address include, according to Republican Congressman and Trump confidant Mark Meadows, along the southern border in Arizona or Texas, the Senate, the Oval Office or a campaign rally style setting. He said there were "ongoing communications between the Hill and the administration on a daily basis."

In a tit-for-tat that soon followed Pelosi's request last week to postpone, Trump canceled a trip that the speaker and other top Democrats planned to make to the Middle East. The congressional delegation was forced to forgo its visit to troops in Afghanistan and top NATO commanders in Brussels after the president canceled a military aircraft that was scheduled to transport the members of Congress.

After the White House reportedly leaked information to reporters the following morning that the House Democrats planned to fly commercially, the trip was called off entirely, with Pelosi accusing Trump of endangering her and others who planned to visit an active war zone.

This story has been updated with the news that Nancy Pelosi will not allow the president to deliver his State of the Union address before Congress in the House. It was further updated to include comments from Mark Meadows.

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