Nancy Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union speech on Feb. 5

End of the government shutdown in Washington, DC, USA - 25 Jan 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference after President Trump agreed to end the longest partial government shutdown on Jan. 25.
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President Trump has accepted an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give his State of the Union speech on Feb. 5.

Trump said in a letter to Pelosi on Monday that it is his “great honor” to accept her invitation to speak before a joint session of Congress next week. He writes, “We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve!”

The speech had initially been scheduled for Jan. 29, but Pelosi postponed it amid what turned into a 35-day partial government shutdown over Trump’s demand for border wall funding. It was the first known time that a speaker had rescinded an invitation to deliver the State of the Union.

The House and Senate still must pass a resolution officially inviting Trump to speak to a joint session of Congress.


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