President Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday morning, notifying her that he is accepting her original invitation to deliver his State of The Union speech in the House.
Pelosi had first invited President Trump to give the State of the Union address in the House, then lashed out, telling him he should deliver it in writing, due to “security concerns” during the government shutdown.
Pelosi has continued to blame President Trump for the government shutdown, while refusing to budge on his request for $5.7 billion to fund construction of a border wall, which she says is “immoral.”
Below is President Trump’s full letter which he just sent to Pelosi:
Dear Madam Speaker:
Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union. As you know, I had already accepted your king invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address, due to the Shutdown. Even prior to asking, I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Secret Service to explain that there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event. They have since confirmed this publicly.
Accordingly, there are no security concerns regarding the State of the Union Address. 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 of 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!
(signed Donald J. Trump)
President Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi on the State of the Union pic.twitter.com/B4QN9hDJnv
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 23, 2019