House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) officially will not allow President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address on the House floor next week.
In a letter to Trump on Wednesday, Pelosi said that she will not permit a vote on a resolution allowing Trump to speak before both chambers of Congress until the government is re-opened. This response came shortly after Trump said he was still planning to speak in the House on Jan. 29.
Pelosi last week had requested that a new date be selected for the State of the Union, but she didn't formally disinvite Trump, which she has the power to do by not allowing a vote to approve the speech. But now that Trump has brushed aside her request, Pelosi has pulled the trigger and called the event off, saying she previously invited him to speak on Jan. 29 because "there was no thought that the government would still be shut down."
Trump had reportedly been considering speaking in a different location next week should Pelosi disinvite him, possibly at a rally. He said Wednesday in response to Pelosi's statement that he is "not surprised" and that it's "really a shame what's happening with the Democrats," CNN reports. Brendan Morrow