As the government shutdown continues, President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just can’t seem to get along.
As I previously predicted, the two have been taking political jabs at one another ever since the 2018 midterm elections, when the Democrats regained the House.
During early negotiations over border security, Schmuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi disrespected the president to his face, in his office. In front of the cameras.
This immediately set the tone for their coming relationship.
And as the current shutdown enters it’s 34th day, the longest in American history, it looks as though there is still no end in sight.
Since the Democrats won’t approve $5 billion in wall funding, less than one percent of the budget, 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay.
The President has since offered to support a limited measure called the Bridge Act, which would extend temporary legal protections for Dreamers in exchange for full funding of his $5.7 billion border wall.
Yet the Pelosi-led Democrats are not having it.
Snub after the snub, Trump and Pelosi continue to battle politically, while the nation mourns in a shutdown.
While partisanship is always to be expected in Washington, this feud has grown quite remarkable.
Pelosi’s Letter Cancelling Trump’s SOTU Address
This was when the political tension elevated even further.
While House Speaker Pelosi originally sent a letter to the president stating she is ready to host the State of the Union, she then later changed her mind:
“When I extended an invitation on January 3rd for you to deliver the State of the Union address, it was on the mutually agreed upon date, January 29th. At that time, there was no thought that the government would still be shut down.” she wrote.
That’s a terrible excuse and it’s clear to the American people that this cancellation is all about politics.
To first offer the invitation, one of tradition for every president, then to decline because the shutdown lasted longer than expected is completely disingenuous.
The President of the United States has a constitutional requirement to address the nation, whether or not the government is shut down.
The two can’t reach a deal, so Pelosi being the classy woman she is, had to slight him in any way she could.
Polite. Political. But still a slight.
Trump’s Response – Cancelling Pelosi’s Flight
In the most Trumpian way possible, the president got his revenge.
Not by Twitter, but by leveraging what authority he has as President of the United States (you might not want to mess with that guy).
Trump abruptly denied military aircraft to Pelosi for a foreign trip just minutes before the congressional delegation was set to depart.
The best part though, was Trump’s advice that she could fly commercial still.
“I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”
Savage, Mr. President. If this isn’t trolling then frankly I don’t know what is.
No other president would have the guts to fight back and pull such a move. Only Donald Trump.
Little did he know that this would fan the flames even more, ultimately resulting in an outcome he wouldn’t desire.
The Current Crisis Over the SOTU
The love letters didn’t end their.
Trump sent another, continuing to affirm that his address was still on:
“I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. It would be so very sad for our country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!”
Yet the plot thickens.
In another stunning rebuke, Pelosi called Trump’s bluff, making it official that she will not prepare the capitol in time for Trump’s State of the Union address.
In yet another letter to Trump, Pelosi said the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have been “hamstrung” by furloughs.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless the 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 Congress on January 29,” Pelosi wrote
After initially mulling over a new location to give the address, the president eventually conceded that he will give the address after the government reopens.
As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. I am not looking for an….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2019
….alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. I look forward to giving a “great” State of the Union Address in the near future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2019
Growing Calls to Move SOTU to the Senate
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has urged the president to move his address to the Republican-held Senate, where he’d face no objections.
Senator McConnell is in charge of the Senate. If Mrs. Pelosi refuses to allow the president to deliver the State of the Union in the House, I propose we move it to the Senate and make it happen!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 17, 2019
Sen. Ted Cruz also echoed this sentiment:
.@realDonaldTrump should give #SOTU IN THE SENATE CHAMBER. We’d happily welcome House Members & not let Pelosi’s partisan stunt stop POTUS’s constitutional obligation to address the People on the State of the Nation. And America wants BOTH the government OPEN & the border SECURE. https://t.co/h7G4OtB6ER
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 23, 2019
While Trump has made it clear he doesn’t want to break tradition, if the shutdown lasts longer than anticipated, this may be his only worthwhile option.
Playing politics over the important and constitutionally mandated State of the Union is dangerous and Nancy Pelosi has pulled every stunt possible to halt this president’s sworn duty.
I didn’t expect a romance between the two, but this feud is truly something else.
Trump has fought many political battles to get where he is today, yet none of them had the consequences this one does.
The GOP and Hillary Clinton couldn’t stop his voters, but Nancy Pelosi has political power. She has every right to do what she has up until now, even though it’s petty.
The state of the union is in gridlock, with neither side budging.