Pelosi petulance: Speaker closes House chamber to POTUS for State of the Union ‘until govt. reopens’

In what many see as her latest act of petulance, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has sent a letter to the White House essentially forbidding POTUS Donald Trump from using the House chamber to deliver the annual State of the Union Address.

“I am writing to inform you that 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,” she wrote.

The letter rescinds her previous Jan. 3 written invitation to the president to give his SOTU speech in the House. In that letter, she invited the president to speak Jan. 29.

In today’s letter, Pelosi explained she made her invitation when “there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.”

Pelosi was responding to a letter the president had written just a few hours earlier in which he informed the Speaker he was told by the U.S. Secret Service that agents will have no problem securing the House chamber despite the shutdown, and that he was planning to deliver his address as originally scheduled.

Last week Pelosi said she was considering rescinding her Jan. 3 invitation over “security concerns,” which prompted a major backlash from Democrats and Republicans, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service.

“I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives,” POTUS wrote. “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!”

Upon being informed that Pelosi had completely rescinded her initial invitation, the president said, “I’m not surprised. It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats. They’ve become radicalized.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Pelosi ought to allow Trump to deliver the address on the 29th in the House chamber as planned.

“I think the president should come and give a State of the Union,“ McCarthy said. “Now it’s more important than ever for the American public to hear, with everybody in the chamber. it’s a critical time he should come here and give the state of the union. He shouldn’t go anywhere else.”

Pelosi is the first Speaker since presidents began giving SOTU addresses in the age of TV to rescind an invitation to appear in the House.

As divided as Republicans and President Obama were on many issues, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his successor, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), never found an excuse to deny him the opportunity to speak to the American people from the people’s House.

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22 Comments on "Pelosi petulance: Speaker closes House chamber to POTUS for State of the Union ‘until govt. reopens’"

  1. So what is she gonna do about it? Lock the door to the PEOPLE’s house?

  2. She’s still sizzling mad about being kick off the airplane. She has never experienced that kind of humiliation before. She won’t be doing Trump any favors anytime soon.

  3. She’s lost what was left of her feeble mind. How can this one woman have the power to do the things she’s done. I think this enbicile is the one who should be impeached and do it now. She’s the biggest fish in that swamp that needs to be drained and watch her flop.

  4. Nancy, you dope, THE PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR OUR PRESIDENT AND THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS!! Who do you think you are, you prissy little twit, to say he can’t do it in the venue in which it is normally done? We don’t give a rat’s bottom what YOU think about it … fact is, YOU don’t think at all because you’ve totally lost your mind. Your hatred has clouded the modicum of reason that you’ve had in the past and you’ve become nothing but a laughing stock for the entire country, a bag of hot air at best … you should be put in a closet like all old and useless things and forgotten, as if it will ever be possible to forget you and your treachery.

  5. This only makes her look bad. Rescinding the invitation because she’s too stupid to think ahead a few weeks is not a good reason. She’s playing with fire, attempting to outwit a master gamesman like Trump, and I can hardly wait to see her further humiliated.

  6. Tar and feathers come to mind

  7. LOL! How fabulously childish! Not even a veneer of legitimacy! He’ll just give the SOTU from somewhere else! He’ll be a HERO to the Right! Do Democrats REALLY think this is “winning”!? I mean…hey, have at it, Dems! I hope your appetite for self-defeat is as voracious as is their appetite for graft and fraud!

  8. Nancy Pelosi suggested President Trump submit his SOTU speech in writing and in letter form, as was done before 1913. Could Trump submit his speech to Nancy in letter form and then read his SOTU letter out loud and on air to the American people in some other setting besides Congress? There must be a way around this SOTU shutdown. I’d hate for Nancy and Chuck to win.

    • I hate Na-Na-Nancy and Up-Chuck whether they “win” or not! They’re traitors! What’s to like?

  9. Petty Pelosi what dismal optics for the Dem’s. So deserved.

  10. IMHO, Trump should give his SOTU in a stadium, in front of the people. The Senate, the SCOTUS and the House could be invited. There’s nothing stating that it must be delivered to a joint session of Congress. He could follow it up with a written transcript to the speaker, in her closet, crying.

  11. D must be for dumb and dumber

  12. As a proud US Army veteran’s wife, for 43 + years who served proudly with the 173rd Ranger Airborne with 3 tours in Vietnam! Agent Orange finally took him after 3 bouts with cancer and numerous other illnesses from his service to our country! It took us 5.6 years to obtain VA services at last August 6, 2006, he passed August 28, 2011!
    I am ashamed of you and your total inept way of serving your fellow Americans! Americans are totally disgusted, including myself that you are so drunk with power, you will not work with the “Duly Elected” President of the United States of America! How dare you act so self-important and pompous, speak so disrespectfully to America’s President! You and your Democratic party have embarrassed our government while trying to cover up real criminal acts by some of your party’s members! You are guilty of Obstruction of Justice and we Americans are not ignoramuses, deaf, mute nor blind to the real conspirators against us, the American citizen and our country!

  13. trump can just call for a joint session of congress, which congress has to oblige according to the constitution, he doesnt have to do this on invitation from the house speaker…… this news will undoubtedly drop overnight

  14. Snarkey old ***** (rhymes with witch) should do this country a favor and drop dead.

  15. SUTU BOWL SUNDAY!!!!!!!
    Trump should the SUTU address during the Superbowl. eff the NFL!!!!

  16. She is afraid he will speak about the State of the Democrats.

    I can’t wait to read in the NYT that Trump is being petty.

  17. Wait! What??? She’s the president now!!!! Wish in one hand and pulousy in the other…
    KAG 2020

  18. Simple solution to any government shutdown – the first people to not be paid should be the President, the House and the senate. The President won’t mind, but the other two chambers will.

  19. March to the capital and force Pelosi to open the doors – IT IS NOT HER HOUSE IT IS THE PEOPLES HOUSE. Enough of this crap already !

  20. Perception is a large part of reality and, when it comes to politics, most of it.
    The only way the postponement announced by the President would work for him is if he gives the SOTUS, whenever he does now, at a place other than the House. Anything else is caving at the worst possible time, at the worse possible manner. In other words, Pelosi needs to be put in her place in the most public manner possible.
    Unless, of course, this is another one of the President’s masterful ‘bait and switch’ moves that leaves the Dems in the dirt trying to figure out what hit them…
    I don’t believe there’s enough information available on this yet to pass judgment.

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