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Trump, Pelosi agree on Feb. 5 for State of the Union address

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    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Democratic members stand after signs a deal to reopen the government on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The measure now goes to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Published January 29. 2019 07:33AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to deliver his State of the Union speech on Feb. 5, a week later than originally scheduled because of the partial government shutdown.

“It is my great honor to accept,” Trump said in a letter to Pelosi. “We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve!”

The speech had initially been scheduled for Jan. 29, but Pelosi postponed it amid what turned into a 35-day partial government shutdown over Trump’s demand for border wall funding. It was the first known time that a speaker had rescinded an invitation to deliver the State of the Union.

“When I wrote to you on January 23rd, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has reopened to schedule this year’s State of the Union address,” Pelosi wrote. “In our conversation today, we agreed on February 5th.

“Therefore,” she continued, “I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on February 5, 2019 in the House Chamber.”

Pelosi’s office and the White House told The Associated Press that the House speaker and president had spoken by phone Monday afternoon. A Pelosi spokesman said she placed the call at 3:55 p.m. and it lasted about 12 minutes.

The House and Senate still must pass a resolution officially inviting Trump to speak to a joint session of Congress.

Pelosi had postponed the speech, first as a “suggestion” and later, after Trump declared his intent to appear anyway, as a formal rescission. The president then refused to allow her to lead a delegation overseas on the military jets he commands. The president said he was considering an “alternative” plan.

Finally, last Friday, Trump capitulated. All sides agreed to fund the government through Feb. 15 to give negotiators time to discuss border security. And on Monday, Pelosi confirmed the State of the Union was back on — on her schedule.

The Constitution states only that the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union,” meaning the president can speak anywhere he chooses or give his update in writing.

But a joint address in the House chamber, in front of lawmakers from both parties, the Supreme Court justices and invited guests, provides the kind of grand backdrop that is hard to mimic and that this president, especially, enjoys.

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They won't show him respect. These child like legislators of the Democratic Party will somehow use the venue to try and make our President look bad, and the media will be right there with them. Send the SOTU in letter form, and hold an out of the beltway MAGA rally in a stadium somewhere.
Just like that bum of a republican did for Obama when he shouted out he was a liar the knife cuts both ways you idiotic moron.

How's the BIMBO. How much wampum in beads or what ever. WINK WINK.

You forgot the Sieg Heil for your Fuhrer. Now through out your 1 arm salute and count your wampum. HAHA.
If you forgot the idiots name here it is. "Representative Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina" They all have time to rebut what they president says at these addresses it doesn't matter what party. Are you sure you know what country your in. Remember dictators call National Emergencies when they dont get their way.
Another confused, hate filled, cluster of mush comment. Slow down... tammy
Obama's laws, regulations, court decisions and executive orders, made him the most powerful president in all of U.S. history. Here is a list of his declared "National Emergencies"
1 Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia (Apr. 12, 2010)
2 Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya (Feb. 25, 2011)
3 Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations (Jul. 25, 2011)
4 Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen (May 2012)
5 Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (Mar. 6, 2014)
6 Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan (Apr. 3, 2014)
7 Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic (May 12, 2014)
8 Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (Mar. 9, 2015)
9 Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled
Activities (Apr. 1, 2015)
10 Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi (Nov. 23, 2015)
Burundi? tammygrad... Have you ever even heard of Burundi?
Barack Obama declared 12 of the 25 National Emergencies of all presidents, since the enactment of the National Emergencies Act of 1974
Those are facts, something that you lefty folks hate to hear.
After all, we are in a war... on drugs.
These where not a declared "National Emergencies" these where executive orders which is not a declared National Emergency what an idiot. I have understand a BS artist when one speaks.
Look into facts who else tried to declare a National Emergency.

Hows your Bimbo doing. Make any wampum or do you have to do wampum for your Bimbo.
Dear Tammy,
A national emergency is a national crisis or a situation where circumstances threaten the country and call for an immediate response. So I can understand your thinking, but if you would please look it up! You are behaving like an ignorant person when you argue against facts. Obama Barack declared 12, National Emergencies which most had nothing to do with this nation we live in, and there was nary a word from your pals in the lame stream media. Look it up, and stop being that low information blabber mouth fool, you make Tamaqua look bad.
Tammy,
You probably can't look it up because mommy locked you out of her computer, so here is a list of the Kenyan's Executive Orders... Too Many to count. All done on his own without congress.
Barack Obama Executive Orders Disposition Tables
Disposition of Executive orders signed by President Barack Obama:

Subject Index

2009 - E.O. 13489 - E.O. 13527 (39 Executive orders issued)
2010 - E.O. 13528 - E.O. 13562 (35 Executive orders issued)
2011 - E.O. 13563 - E.O. 13596 (34 Executive orders issued)
2012 - E.O. 13597 - E.O. 13635 (39 Executive orders issued)
2013 - E.O. 13636 - E.O. 13655 (20 Executive orders issued)
2014 - E.O. 13656 - E.O. 13686 (31 Executive orders issued)
2015 - E.O. 13687 - E.O. 13715 (29 Executive orders issued)
2016 - E.O. 13716 - E.O. 13757 (42 Executive orders issued)
2017 - E.O. 13758 - E.O. 13764 (7 Executive orders issued)
Wow, that's a lot of Executive Orders. This Obama fellow was more like a Furor, or a dictator. That was major lawmaking done, and all without Congress? Where was the media when this all happened? What do you think Tammy?

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