House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attacked the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday after the agency released a statement saying they are fully prepared for President Donald Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address.
While speaking with reporters, Pelosi said she “doesn’t care what they said,” referring to DHS and the Secret Service making it clear they are prepared to fully secure the address before Congress on Jan. 29.
On Wednesday afternoon, Pelosi sent a letter to Trump informing him that he was no longer invited to deliver the State of the Union address because she claimed there are “security concerns” given the government is partially shutdown.
“We’ve never really had a State of the Union when government is in a shutdown since the Budget Act in the 70s,” Pelosi told reporters. “But that isn’t the point. The point is security.”
When asked if she would host Trump if the president insisted on delivering the address as scheduled, Pelosi continued to claim there are serious security concerns with the address.
“That would be a security matter,” Pelosi said.
Mumbles Pelosi trying to explain why she doesn’t want President Trump to give the State of the Union address.
She wants to silence Trump. 😭pic.twitter.com/A4cWRU4XR9
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) 16 января 2019 г.
In her letter to Trump, Pelosi made it clear that Trump should postpone the address.
She also arrogantly offered Trump other options to address the nation, suggesting he submit his speech in writing or give it from the Oval Office.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that 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 29th,” Pelosi said in the letter.
Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding. https://t.co/K2oL8WGvqo pic.twitter.com/g3fIlxDbbK
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) 16 января 2019 г.
DHS Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen released a statement refuting those claims and assured Pelosi that they were more than prepared to do their jobs.
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“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland,” she wrote via Twitter.
The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) 16 января 2019 г.
Another senior DHS official told reporter Elizabeth Landers that Pelosi’s security concerns have “zero” credibly, adding, “It is a serious event, but one we can handle.”
A senior DHS official tells me that Speaker Pelosi’s claim regarding security concerns surrounding the State of the Union during a shutdown has “zero” credibility… “It is a serious event but one we can handle.”
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) 16 января 2019 г.
On top of that, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino also went off on Pelosi:
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise also released a statement slamming Pelosi and Democrats for their obvious stunt.
“There are no security concerns that have been raised and that has nothing to do with that. Ironically, it seems like she’s only concerned about security when it’s a State of the Union that will expose what this fight is all about,” he said.
The government is nearing its fourth week of a partial shutdown amid an impasse in negotiations over the federal budget.
The bill is waiting a full vote in the Senate, where Democrats have refused to negotiate with Trump to provide funding for the wall.
But more importantly, Pelosi tried to pull a stunt by cancelling Trump’s State of the Union address and it completely backfired on her.
And, now she’s attacking DHS and Secret Service officials because they aren’t agreeing with her that the address should be postponed.