It’s GAME ON as the battle over the State of the Union address intensifies to new heights. President Trump has been obstructed from appearing before a joint session of Congress.
It was only this morning that President Trump informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter of his intention to deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress as originally scheduled.
Within hours, Pelosi replied, officially disinviting President Trump from the previously scheduled event.
Now that both President Trump and Speaker Pelosi have officially dug in their heels, it’s anyone’s guess what will be the next move. President Trump has no constitutional obligation to deliver the address before a joint session. In fact, for much of the nation’s early history, the SOTU was delivered in the form of a letter. The advent of new technologies changed that, first with the widespread adoption of radios in American homes, followed by television.
President Trump has sole discretion as to the manner of delivering his State of the Union to Congress. He can do it by letter, as was the case for many years, or he can choose his own venue to deliver his remarks.
Many have suggested that the Senate Chamber would be an appropriate arena. The invitation would be solely within the purview of Majority Leader McConnell. Though the room is smaller, it can easily accommodate the entire Congress, Cabinet members, Joint Chiefs, and Supreme Court justices, though House members would have to be seated upstairs in the gallery.
There have been many other suggested options, invitations from various State Legislative Houses, public and private venues, to even at a location along our our southern border.
The choice is Trump’s. We suspect that the President will let Pelosi squirm for a day or two before revealing his next move.
Originally scheduled for next Tuesday, the 29th, we await President Trump’s final decision regarding the matter.