The Democrats continually refuse to accept responsibility for their part in the partial shutdown but not Trump.
The President shocked Democratic lawmakers by stating that he’ll shoulder the blame while inviting them to Washington to work on a pliable fix. An invitation that Democrats have repeatedly ignored.
In her latest “distract and blame game”, Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to the President asking he postpone his State Of The Union address. Specifically to either delay his State of the Union address or submit it in writing.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi wrote in the letter to Trump.
Pelosi told reporters later in the afternoon that she had not heard back from the president regarding her suggestion.
Parts of the federal government, including some operations of the Department of Homeland Security, have been closed down since Dec. 22, when the spending authority for several federal agencies lapsed amid an impasse between Trump and Congress over his request for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall.
Pelosi claims that due to the shutdown, security would be overburdened. However, security officials shot her theory to pieces. So what excuse to not come together will Democrats think of next?
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Twitter Wednesday that her department is ready and prepared to provide security for the State of the Union.
“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland,” Nielsen wrote.
A senior law enforcement official also told NBC News that the Secret Service, which is under DHS, is ready to offer protection during the State of the Union, should it move forward as scheduled.
“It’s a no-fail mission,” the official said.
Secret Service personnel are not being paid as a result of the shutdown, but its intelligence and protection functions are fully staffed.
“We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago,” the official said.
A State of the Union address has not been rescheduled since President Ronald Reagan chose to move his planned Jan. 28, 1986, speech when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up that morning. Reagan instead addressed the nation from the Oval Office that night and postponed the State of the Union.