President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will deliver the customary State of the Union speech on January 29, telling Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that he intends to push forward as had been planned before the government shutdown grew to unprecedented lengths.
Trump’s insistence on going where he is not welcome drew howls from the left, with many encouraging Pelosi to have her Sergeant at Arms physically bar the president from the floor of the House.
Democratic strategist Chris Hahn offered his own suggestion via Twitter Wednesday: Pelosi should allow Trump to deliver his speech to an empty Congress without any cameras present.
“Ban the media and all recording devices and clear the gallery,” he suggested. “And don’t show up to hear it.”
My advice to the speaker say sure come speak. Then ban the media and all recording devices & clear the gallery…. oh and don’t show up to hear it…. Trump Tells Pelosi He Will Deliver State of the Union, and on Capitol Hill – https://t.co/easLOChR1N
— Christopher Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) January 23, 2019
It remains unclear what Pelosi can or will do to prevent Trump from delivering a speech after he was asked not to.
Both houses of Congress must pass a concurrent resolution for Trump to address them. That resolution has not been passed.
Stay firm @SpeakerPelosi – no paychecks for federal workers: no SOTU.
— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) January 23, 2019
As the son of a cop, I deeply respect our law enforcement officers. No cop should have to work without pay to protect a “national security event” speech. Let’s open up government. Until then, don’t risk your lives for free for me. #SOTU
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 23, 2019
Meanwhile, Hosue Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said that he is “pleased” with Trump’s threat to delivery the speech without being asked.
I’m glad @realDonaldTrump is moving forward with delivering the #SOTU next week in the House, as Pelosi originally offered. DHS & USSS say they’re prepared to carry out this event, & the American people deserve to hear from @POTUS about his plan to solve the crisis at our border. https://t.co/EZpJCAVVRR
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 23, 2019