The Speaker of the House has denied the president access to the Capitol Building to deliver the annual State of the Union address Wednesday, moving President Trump to accept the later date earlier offered by the California Democrat, according to Townhall.
Due to the government shutdown and the standoff between Democrats and Republicans, Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) attempted to notify the president via letter that the House of Representatives would not be open for the State of the Union address until after the government was reopened.
“I am writing to inform you the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened,” Speaker Pelosi wrote. “I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has opened.”
The president responded by writing a letter back to Pelosi saying that he will accept her invitation to deliver the speech on Jan. 29, a date that was offered to the president through a letter sent by Speaker Pelosi in early January.
“There are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union Address,” the president said in the letter. Therefore, I will be honoring your 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. I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. 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!”
The Constitutional address to the Congress has been the president’s job since the ratification of our founding document, and since the early 1900s, has been broadcast on national radio. Since the invention and widespread use of televisions, the president’s address has also been aired to national networks such as CNN, NBC, FOX News, etc. Throughout American history, there was only one occurrence of a postponed SOTU address. This was during President Reagan’s administration when he postponed the speech in response to the Space Shuttle Challenger incident in 1986.