UPDATED 10:27 AM PT — Wednesday, January 23, 2019
President Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, formally accepting her initial request to give the State of the Union on the House floor.
In the letter, released Wednesday, the president said he had accepted Pelosi’s invitation sent to him January 3, 2019 to give his State of the Union address.
He then acknowledged her January 16, 2019 letter, where Pelosi requested the president not give his speech due to security concerns. However, he said — even before her letter — he was assured there were no security issues. Therefore, he will be honoring her invitation and giving his speech on the House floor.
The president ended his letter by saying it would be sad for the country if the State of the Union was not delivered on time, on schedule, and on location.
In the meantime, Speaker Pelosi appears to be pushing Democrat lawmakers to continue efforts to reopen the government without addressing border security. According to press on Capitol Hill, Pelosi urged the Democrat Caucus to stay united and stick with their plan to resist the Trump administration during a private meeting Wednesday.
Additionally, Pelosi advised members not to bring family to the Capitol next week in what is being reported as a sign the State of the Union address may not happen.