13 July 2024,   20:48
Nancy Pelosi no longer invites Donald Trump to Capitol

Reuters reports that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asks President Donald Trump to reschedule his annual State of the Union speech before Congress because of partial federal government shutdown, citing security issues.

The top Democrat in the House of Representatives wrote Trump a letter expressing concerns about the nationally televised speech on Jan. 29.

The U.S. Secret Service is the lead agency responsible for coordinating and planning security for the event, she said, but the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days, with “critical departments hamstrung by furloughs.”

“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,” the letter said.