Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi are locked in a high stakes game of chicken.
The outcome of this fight could determine the fate of Donald Trump’s Presidency.
Trump responded by drawing a line in the sand and daring Nancy Pelosi to do the unthinkable.
Pelosi thought she could force Trump to cave on the border wall by urging the President to cancel the State of the Union.
The Speaker claimed it was not feasible to move ahead with the January 29 speech because the Secret Service wasn’t paid due to the government shutdown.
Trump turned the tables on Pelosi by sending her a letter claiming the Secret Service said there was no issue with securing the Capitol for the speech and that he planned to proceed.
The Daily Wire reports:
President Donald Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday indicating that he plans to proceed with his State of the Union address on January 29.
“Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2019, sent to me long after the Shutdown began, inviting me to address the Nation on January 29th as to the State of the Union,” Trump wrote. “As you know, I had already accepted your kind invitation, however, I then received another letter from you dated January 16, 2019, wherein you expressed concerns regarding security during the State of the Union Address due to the Shutdown.”
Trump indicated that the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service contacted him and told him that there “would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event.”
Now the ball is in Pelosi’s court.
She can cancel the State of the Union.
After all, the Speaker controls what takes place on the House floor.
In that event, the Trump White House is scouting other locations to deliver the speech.
Trump could hold the event in a Democrat member of Congress’ district that the President carried in 2016.
He could deliver the State of the Union from a swing state or the Southern border.
Trump has options, but his letter puts the pressure on Pelosi to make the next move.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.