Trump Blinked. Could A Shutdown Deal Be Next?

President Trump appears at the White House on Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked him from delivering the State of the Union at the Capitol. Trump agreed to postpone while the shutdown goes

President Trump appears at the White House on Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked him from delivering the State of the Union at the Capitol. Trump agreed to postpone while the shutdown goes

President Donald Trump is getting trolled hard after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told him he was not welcome to appear before the House of Representatives to give his State of the Union speech on January 29 until he ends the government shutdown.

"His message continued in a second tweet,"....alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber.

The speaker's move spiraled into an escalated feud between her and the White House that included Trump postponing Pelosi's trip overseas and Pelosi sending yet another letter telling Trump he wasn't invited to speak from the Capitol until the shutdown ended.

"Speaker Pelosi's decision not to invite President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address sets a new low for American politics", Graham said in a statement.

The sparring over the president's annual address to Congress - a typically mundane event - comes as the partial federal government is in the midst of the longest shutdown in US history, with 800,000 federal workers forced to go without pay and states scrambling to mitigate the impact on the poorest Americans. In it he dismisses her suggestion the speech should be postponed or delivered in writing due to security issues related to the partial government shutdown.

House Democrats have approved several measures to fully reopen the government, but none has won approval in the Senate, which is controlled by the Republicans.

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he and Pelosi were "supposed" to have the State of the Union. A failure to advance either bill would mean the shutdown, now in its 34th day, will continue.

But shortly after the votes, a possible way out of the deepening crisis began to take shape, when Senate leaders huddled in private to discuss a proposal to fund lapsed federal agencies for three weeks, to allow for negotiations over border security.

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"I think that's a great blotch on the incredible country that we all love", Trump said earlier Wednesday.

The House and Senate must pass a concurrent resolution for a joint session of Congress to hear the president.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that his own preference would be for Trump to reopen the government and then address Congress.

Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone was arrested early this morning. Trump also reportedly views the national emergency option as a "last resort", suggesting he may be ready for a less constitutionally fraught exit strategy.

An AP-NORC poll released Wednesday found that 60 percent of Americans say Trump "bears a great deal of responsibility" for the shutdown, while only 31 percent say the same for congressional Democrats.

"That is why we must hold the line on this shutdown".

"While people don't agree with everything Nancy says ... they see what the guy on Pennsylvania Avenue, how divisive he is". "She just gave a three-day weekend, while 800,000 federal workers are missing their second paychecks". Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the agencies were prepared to support the speech. The speaker had made clear Trump could not deliver his speech from the House unless he waited until the government reopens. "When the senator from Texas shut this government down in 2013, my state was flooded", Bennet said. At a private luncheon on Thursday, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin snapped at Mitch McConnell, reportedly saying that "This is your fault", to which McConnell replied, "Are you suggesting I'm enjoying this?"

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