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Trump and Pelosi Agree on February 5 for State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump on Monday accepted the invitation of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to deliver his State of the Union speech on February 5, a week later than originally planned because of the partial closure of the government, AP reported Tuesday.
The speech was originally scheduled for Jan. 29, but Pelosi postponed it during what turned into a partial 35-day government shutdown on Trump’s border wall funding request. For the first time, one speaker had canceled his invitation to present the state of the Union.
When I wrote you on January 23, I said we should work together to find a mutually acceptable date when the government will be reopened to schedule this year’s State of the Union speech, Trump said, writes Pelosi. we agreed on February 5th in our conversation today.
“Therefore,” she continued, “I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a joint session of the Congress, on February 5, 2019, in the Chamber of Deputies.”
The Pelosi office and the White House told The Associated Press that the Speaker of the House and his President had spoken by telephone on Monday afternoon. A spokesman for Pelosi said she had placed the call at 15:55 and it lasted about 12 minutes.
The House and Senate have yet to pass a resolution officially inviting Trump to speak at a joint session of Congress.
Pelosi had postponed the speech, first as a “suggestion” and then after Trump had declared his intention to appear despite everything, as a formal resolution. The president then refused to allow him to lead an overseas delegation on military jet planes he commanded.
The president said he was considering an “alternative” plan.
Last Friday, Trump surrendered. All parties agreed to fund the government until February 15 to give negotiators time to discuss border security. And on Monday, Pelosi confirmed that the state of the Union was once again respected.
The Constitution only stipulates that the President “shall from time to time communicate to the Congress information about the state of the Union”, which means that the President may speak at any time or give his update in writing.
But a joint speech in the House, in front of the legislators of both parties, Supreme Court justices and guests, provides the kind of grand context that is difficult to imitate and that this president, appreciates.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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