On Tuesday, multiple reports indicated that President Trump plans to continue with his State of the Union address scheduled for next week, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s apparent “cancellation” of the event.
While Pelosi recently “disinvited” Trump from giving his address from the Capitol, multiple sources have stated that the White House plans to go ahead with the speech, regardless of Pelosi’s feelings on the matter.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley implied that the president has options, stating that there are “many ways” for Trump to give his address, should Pelosi continue blocking his plans.
Pelosi’s actions have been widely interpreted by politicians and pundits as a “petty” response to Trump’s insistence on Congressional funding for his proposed border wall and other increases to US border security.
After Pelosi canceled a security-walkthrough in preparation for the State of the Union last week, Trump responded by similarly cancelling her planned trip abroad, ordering the return of her and her entourage’s luggage.
From Fox News:
The White House is still planning to move ahead with next week’s scheduled State of the Union address, but the details remain up in the air after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly urged the president to delay the speech or submit it in writing amid the government shutdown fight.
According to multiple sources, it remains unclear whether the address scheduled for Jan. 29 will in fact go forward, or what venue it would be in. The White House is even planning for the possibility of a speech outside of Washington.
“We are still in a holding pattern,” one senior source said.
But Fox News has learned that the White House sent a letter to the House Sergeant at Arms asking to schedule a walk-through for next week’s planned address. This comes after a previously scheduled walk-through last week was canceled at Pelosi’s request.
At the moment, President Trump intends to be at the Capitol next Tuesday to deliver his speech as scheduled, sources said. White House officials told Fox News they essentially are preparing for two tracks for next week’s speech. The preferred track is an address, as per custom, at the Capitol. The second track is a backup plan for a speech outside of Washington, D.C.
Ultimately, whether the speech is given on the House floor is up to Pelosi. In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley suggested the president could move the location of the speech should Pelosi block it in the House.
“There are many ways he can deliver the State of the Union address,” Gidley said on “America’s Newsroom.” “I’m not going to get ahead of anything he would announce.”