WASHINGTON (CBS SF / AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to the nation — set for Jan. 29 — until the government reopens.
The White House hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment about Pelosi’s request, which she made in a letter to the president.READ MORE: Despite Fines, Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Remains Defiant Over Customer Vaccine Verifications
Pelosi says the partial shutdown is raising concerns about security preparations for the speech. The California Democrat notes that the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security have been without funding for almost four weeks.Mariposa Sheriff To Announce What Killed Family On Hike In Sierra National Forest
The annual speech is perhaps the president’s biggest opportunity to present his agenda directly to the public.
Pelosi writes that “given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened.”
She’s also raising the possibility that Trump deliver the message in writing, as presidents once did.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Judge Denies Bail for Los Gatos Mom Accused of Hosting Drunken Teen Sex Parties
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