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Trump sends letter to Pelosi, will deliver SOTU on time

2019-01-23 19:12
President Donald Trump said in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he'll deliver the State of the Union address as agreed upon earlier in the month. Pelosi tried to block the president from giving the speech, which is an annual tradition for presidents, citing security concerns stemming from the partial government shutdown. But security experts said that her concerns were unwarranted and noted she'd failed to consult them. Trump noted in his Jan. 23 letter that Pelosi had, before requesting that he not give the speech, invited him to make the speech. "That you for your letter of Jan. 3 sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on Jan. 29 as to the State of the Union," he wrote. "As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated Jan. 16 wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown."