Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi sent President Trump a letter today, all but rescinding an invitation for President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Pelosi cited “security concerns” and the shutdown as her reasoning, suggesting that the President either postpone the traditional address, or deliver his assessment of the “State of the Union” in a letter on Congress.
Pelosi’s “concerns” are completely unwarranted, and her suggested options must be rejected.
The Secret Service, through both Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and a senior law enforcement official have debunked Pelosi’s false claim of “security concerns”.
Tyrant Pelosi’s belief that it is she who sets the terms of a SOTU address is a mark of her unbridled arrogance.
The formal basis for the State of the Union Address is from the U.S. Constitution: The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Article II, Section 3, Clause 1.(House.gov)
No where in the constitution is it stated where, when, or how this requirement is to be satisfied. It is solely at the President’s discretion. The tradition that the State of the Union be delivered to a joint session of Congress is only that, a tradition.
President Trump will make the decision as to how this year’s State of the Union will be delivered, and the Twitter-verse is full of suggestions.
Weather permitting, perhaps the White House lawn is the ideal location for this year’s address. Ample room for the 535 members of Congress, Cabinet members, Supreme Court Justices, Joint Chiefs, and invited guests. Imagine the optics to the nation if a block of 282 seats reserved for Congressional Democrats are left vacant by the obstructionist opposition. Wouldn’t that be a picture for the public to witness.
Despite Nancy’s tyrannical attempt to hijack the process, it is President Trump who remains in control and will determine how this year’s State of the Union will be delivered.
For those interested, here is Petty Pelosi’s letter to our President:
* Pelosi caricature image courtesy DonkeyHotey