President Trump insists the State of the Union will happen somewhere on January 29th. Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi already disinvited the President from giving the speech before Congress.

We think the President should give his State of the Union address at a different location—perhaps at the White House or at one of his famous rallies. Americans expect this traditional speech and deserve the right to hear it.

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President Trump insists the State of the Union will happen on January 29th. Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi already disinvited the President from giving the speech before Congress.

Pelosi cited the government shutdown (now on day 33) and security as a basis for her decision.

Trump told reporters that Pelosi had canceled the speech “because she doesn’t want to hear the truth.” He added that she “She’s afraid of the truth,” Mr. Trump said. “She doesn’t want the American public to see what’s going on.” He also said the security angle was disingenuous.

The New York Times reports “President Trump said he would look for alternative venues for his State of the Union address on Tuesday, appearing to capitulate after Speaker Nancy Pelosi again told him she would not invite him to deliver it at the House until the government reopens.

The decision came after a tit-for-tat between Mr. Trump and Ms. Pelosi over the State of the Union address. Mr. Trump told Ms. Pelosi on Wednesday that he would deliver the speech in the Capitol next week as originally scheduled. Ms. Pelosi fired back that he was not welcome unless the government was fully open.”

OUR FREE OPINION

Like most Americans, we would like to see the government shutdown end. The issue is the Democrat Leadership’s opposition to funding of the wall the President wants to build. The President believes that, among other factors, the wall will slow down the smuggling of drugs across the border into the United States. The President is correct. Significantly, Pelosi is not even willing to sit down with Trump to meaningfully discuss these issues. We think the President should give his State of the Union address at a different location—perhaps at the White House or one of his famous rallies. Americans expect this traditional speech and deserve the right to hear it.

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