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Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of the Union on Feb. 5

House Speaker had suggested to Trump that he postpone the address because of the shutdown
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday invited President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union address on Feb. 5.

The annual speech to a joint session of Congress had been scheduled for Jan. 29, but Pelosi suggested to Trump during the partial government shutdown that he postpone the address.

In retaliation, Trump canceled a trip for Pelosi and other House Democrats who were going to Afghanistan. He later insisted that he would deliver the speech, then relented after she said no.

“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 said in a letter to Trump on Monday.

“In our conversation today, we agreed on February 5th,” she added. “Therefore, 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.”

At a regular news briefing shortly before Pelosi released her letter, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump “looks forward to addressing the American people” and will do so as soon as Pelosi’s invitation is received.

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