Pelosi power play shuts down Trump: Darcy cartoon

January 25, 2019 GMT

Pelosi power play shuts down Trump: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The State of the Union between The White House and The Speaker of the House: President Trump blinked when he tried to call Nancy Pelosi’s bluff and got knocked on his duff.

Trump lost a power play between he and Pelosi over the timing and location for his State of the Union address.   

After initially inviting Trump to give the SOTU in the House Chamber, Pelosi sent a letter to Trump asking him to postpone the speech until after the government shutdown ends, citing security concerns due to the shutdown.


Trump responded with a letter saying he intended to accept the original invitation and give the address next Tuesday.  Trump noted that he had been assured by the Secret Service and Department of Homeland that Pelosi’s security concerns were not an issue.   Trump’s letter was basically daring Pelosi to stop him from showing up in the House, and she did just that.

Pelosi sent a letter formally disinviting Trump.  “I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened.”

After talk of Trump possibly giving the address in another location, he tweeted that he would give the SOTU when the shutdown is over.

“As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date.  This is her prerogative - I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. I am not looking for an...

...alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance  of the House Chamber.  I look forward to giving a “great” State of the Union Address in the near future!”

Pelosi standing firm should be another wake up call for the Trump administration that they are no longer dealing with House Speaker who will just roll over for them like Paul Ryan. 

It’s doubtful serious consideration was ever given to giving the SOTU at another location like the southern border, Mar a Lago, a Trump rally spot, the Covington High School gym or MAGA hat-wearing student Nick Sandmann’s backyard.

Trump’s ego and narcissism wouldn’t accept anything less than giving the SOTU in the House Chamber.

The only other appropriate location for Trump to give the State of the Union address would be at a food bank for furloughed government workers.