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Pelosi refuses to host State of the Union

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/23/19, 04:39 pm

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Wednesday disinvited President Donald Trump from giving the State of the Union address in the House chamber next week. After Trump told Congress he planned to go ahead with the speech despite the partial government shutdown, Pelosi said the House would not approve the resolution required to allow the president to address a joint session of Congress. After originally suggesting Trump deliver the speech on Jan. 29, Pelosi backtracked last week. In a letter, she recommended the president postpone, citing concerns that the shutdown would affect the ability of the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service to provide adequate security. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back and said her department and the Secret Service have been preparing for months to secure the venue.

On Wednesday, Trump wrote to Pelosi, saying, “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,” he wrote. He added that it would be “so very sad” if the address was not delivered “on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!” Hours later, Pelosi announced her refusal to approve the resolution.

After receiving the rebuttal, Trump told reporters he wasn’t surprised. “It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats. They’ve become radicalized,” he said.

The White House is considering alternative locations for the speech next week.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 01:50 am

    Yay, Pelosi! Finally someone who doesn't go cringing before the Bully in Chief.

  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 09:33 am


    Pelosi is the epitome of political grandstanding.  Her security concerns show she is unaware of the effect of the 'shutdown'  She tried to leave on an overseas political trip on the Governments dime instead of staying and negotiating.  I think her disrespect for the office of the President here will increase Trump and republican support.  She makes even Trump look good.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 10:35 am

    Re: Fuzzyface, Much of America suffers long term memory loss. This Bully in Chief is the man who said, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn't lose voters." Well, he's been "shooting" 800,000 Americans for over a month now, and it's just like he said. Our country needs more like Pelosi. She's the only one who's effectively stood up to him so far.

    (The Chief Bully said that at a political rally in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Jan. 23, 2016.)

  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 11:09 am

    I agree that Trump's rheroric has much to be desired and is often deplorable.  I''ve never been a real Trump supporter. 

    But I don't suffer long term memory loss of the shenanigans of Pelosi, do you remember them?  I respect her even less now. 

  • Bear
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 12:54 pm

    Have to agree with Fuzzyface on this one. I don't "chear" Trump, but I could never "chear" Pelosi, either.  Her reason for asking for the postponment is weak at best, and is only for her own, and her party's, political gain.  She's not "standing up" to Trump as much as she's trying to spin the effects of the shutdown in her and democrat's favor.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 03:07 pm

    "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me." What I quoted in my first post were words. By shutting down the government, the Bully in Chief has been hurtling sticks and stones at 800,000 federal employees for a month now, and they do hurt. None of the Republicans have called him on this nor stood up to him, and if you think they are not looking out for their own political interests, then may the good Lord help you.

  • Bear
    Posted: Fri, 01/25/2019 01:02 pm

    Of course all of the government is looking out for their own policitcal interests.  I never said otherwise, though I didn't make it explicit.  I don't like a one of them right now!  And I am certainly not going to promote any of them as doing anything good in the face of this shutdown.  Not a one.  Not yet have they done anything to deserve it.  That was my only point, though I singled out Pelosi in response to your support for her actions. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 05:22 pm

    I myself am cheering for Pelosi:  rooting for her to become more and more extreme. 

    If anyone thinks Pelosi is not looking out for her own political interests, may the Good Lord help them!

    Gramma, do you think the “Good Lord” made a mistake when He allowed Trump to be elected?  Did not know what would happen? Maybe wanted Hillary to win, but was thwarted?

    Just curious about your thinking. 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 08:35 pm

    OldMike, To answer your question to me, here is what I think:

    "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and unto God what is God's."

    My worship belongs to God, and I render it to him alone. I believe God placed government into humankind's hands. It's part of the commandment he gave Adam to rule. Democracy and freedom are not already-worked-out gifts God has given us. I believe God gives us freedom to vote for whom we choose. Our responsibility is to weigh everything, study hard, and make wise choices. We need to fight for democracy and freedom. That is what I am doing.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 08:26 pm

    Bully in Chief: You want 800,000 innocent bystanders to get their paychecks? Then give me my wall.

    Pelosi: You want to give your speech? Then free 800,000 innocent bystanders to work.

    A no-brainer?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/25/2019 02:07 pm

    Well, no, Gramma, you did not answer my questions. 

    Is Trump a mistake? Was God caught unaware by Trump’s election?  Did he want someone else to be President?

    Here’s my answer to those:

    New Living Translation. Romans 13:1–
    Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.