Just minutes ago, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders took to Twitter to announce the venue for the State of the Union Address. Ever since Nancy Pelosi lied about the ability of the Secret Service to secure the Capitol and postponed the scheduled State of the Union Address there have been a lot of rumors on what would happen. He might revert to the form of the early Republic and send a written message. He might give it in Texas with the border as the backdrop.
Now we know:
President Trump’s letter to Speaker Pelosi on the State of the Union pic.twitter.com/B4QN9hDJnv
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 23, 2019
That’s right. In the chamber of the House of Representatives.
It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 23, 2019
In fact, this was sort of foreshadowed:
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. While a contract is a contract, I’ll get back to you soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
Last week, Pelosi denied the Secret Service and administration reps approval to do a walk-through of the Capitol in preparation for the speech.
This is going to be epic.
It is going to be very hard for Pelosi to bar Trump from either the Capitol (she can’t) or from the House chamber (the optics of this would be the stuff of legend). She might very well let him show up and the Democrats boycott the SOTU. Again, the optics of that for the Democrats isn’t great. The next move is up to Pelosi and Schumer. Stand by for more details.