House Speaker Nancy Pelosi apparently thought she could cancel President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address over “security concerns,” but the Secret Service had a different take on it.
On Wednesday, Pelosi wrote a letter to Trump suggesting that the partial government shutdown will interfere with security at the State of the Union address.
“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 wrote.
Pelosi specifically mentioned the Secret Service in her letter.
“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs,” Pelosi added