Sunday 24 February 2019

Pelosi asks president to delay his State of Union speech to nation

 

Letter: Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Reuters
Letter: Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Reuters

Roger Plimpton

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to the nation - set for January 29 - until the government reopens.

The White House hasn't immediately responded to a request for comment about Ms Pelosi's request, which she made in a letter to the president. Ms 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.

The annual speech is perhaps the president's biggest opportunity to present his agenda directly to the public.

Irish Independent

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