Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday requesting his State of the Union address be moved to a different date, citing security concerns amid the ongoing government shutdown.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29,” Pelosi wrote in the letter dated Wednesday.
About 25% of the federal government has been shutdown since December 22, making this the longest shutdown in American history. Trump is scheduled to deliver the annual State of the Union address, during which the president lays out his legislative agenda and provides an economic status report, on January 29.
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