WASHINGTON DC – With the U.S. government now back in business, and secret service agents and other security officers once more on the payroll, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now agreeing for the State of the Union address to go ahead.
Pelosi officially invited U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to deliver the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on 5 February 2019.
It is undersood from the text of the letter that its contents had been pre-agreed as Pelosi referred to the date as being “mutually agreed upon.”
Trump’s response was swift: “It is my great honor to accept. We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve!”
The State of the Union speech was set to be delivered on 29 January 2019 however Pelosi wouldn’t allow it to proceed due to security issues she felt would result because of the shutdown.
The U.S. president was annoyed to the point where he cancelled at the last minute, a trip by Pelosi and a delegation to Afghanistan.
The House and Senate now need to formalise the new date with a legislative process, however both sides consider this a formality.