Trump says he's 'still thinking' about Pelosi's request to postpone State of the Union

Trump says he's 'still thinking' about Pelosi's request to postpone State of the Union
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE said early Sunday that he will respond "soon" to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiBoth sides were wrong about Mueller report, and none of it will likely matter for 2020 Elijah Cummings: 'I am begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on' Angus King: 'Mueller passed the obstruction question to the Congress and Barr intercepted the pass' MORE's (D-Calif.) request to postpone the State of the Union address amid an escalating clash between the two leaders.

"Nancy, I am still thinking about the State of the Union speech, there are so many options - including doing it as per your written offer (made during the Shutdown, security is no problem), and my written acceptance," Trump tweeted.

"While a contract is a contract, I’ll get back to you soon!"


Pelosi's spokesman, Drew Hammill, responded on Twitter that the Speaker's office "never received a 'written acceptance' from the President."

Trump had not previously addressed Pelosi's call to reschedule the State of the Union directly, though multiple reports indicated the White House was weighing alternative options, including delivering the speech in the Senate chamber.

Pelosi said last week that the address scheduled for Jan. 29 should be postponed due to the ongoing partial government shutdown, which has lasted 30 days and counting. She suggested the two sides "work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened.” 

The Democratic leader has cited security concerns associated with the shuttering of several government agencies, which has left Secret Service members without pay.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), however, said the agency would be able to guarantee the safety of the event, despite the shutdown.

The president indirectly responded to Pelosi's postponement by refusing to provide U.S. military transportation for her planned congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan and Belgium.

Trump on Sunday lashed out at Pelosi in a series of tweets, targeting her over her opposition to his immigration proposal that would reopen the government.

The president decried her as a "radical Democrat" and accused her and other party members of acting with the 2020 election in mind.

"Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat," Trump wrote in a tweet. "She is so petrified of the 'lefties' in her party that she has lost control."

"And by the way, clean up the streets in San Francisco, they are disgusting!" the president added in a barb at Pelosi's district.

Trump on Saturday proposed a deal that would include more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border; a three-year extension of protections for “Dreamers,” immigrants who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and Temporary Protected Status holders; and funding for additional immigration judges. 

Pelosi called Trump's proposal a "non-starter" shortly before the president unveiled the details. Other Democrats joined her in opposition a short time later, calling it "non-serious" and "more hostage taking."

Some hard-line conservatives panned the proposal, likening it to amnesty. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Overnight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage MORE (R-Ky.) said he would bring Trump’s proposal up for a vote this week.

Updated at 4:47 p.m.