President Trump delays State of the Union

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:16 AM PT — Thursday, January 24, 2019

The State of the Union saga continues with the annual address now being postponed indefinitely. In a surprising turn of events, President Trump took Twitter by storm late Wednesday, saying he’ll push the State of the Union back until after the shutdown is over.

This all came after a back and forth between the president and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with both leaders exchanging letters. Pelosi eventually uninvited the president from holding the address in the House chamber until the government is reopened.

“The State of the Union speech has been canceled by Nancy Pelosi, because she doesn’t want to hear the truth,” said President Trump. “She doesn’t want the American public to hear what is going on and she is afraid of the truth.”

Pelosi quickly responded to the president’s announcement, saying she hopes he will support the House’s bill to reopen the government. The Senate will vote on that bill Thursday, however, it’s not likely the senate will support this. The bill would reopen the government through February 8, 2019, but does not provide funding for a border barrier.

With Congress likely to hit a road block, the shutdown returns to a stalemate.

President Donald Trump, gestures while speaking during a healthcare roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Washington. Jamesia Shutt, of Aurora, Colo., is at right. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney called on federal agencies to provide him with a list of programs that will be hurt the most if the shutdown were to continue to through March and April. This is the first signal that officials are preparing for a lengthy shutdown.

However, the White House is hoping to avoid this at all costs, knowing hundreds of thousands of workers cannot continue to go without another paycheck.

“I want this to end, and end now — these are not talking points, these are the heartbreaking realities that hurt precious human beings every single day,” said the president.

When the shutdown finally does come to an end, President Trump said he will hold the State of the Union in the House chamber, because “no venue can compete with its history, tradition and importance.”

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