Trump retaliates against Pelosi, says he's postponing her trip overseas

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to the nation - set for January 29 - until the government reopens.

Democratic leaders did not ask the Secret Service if the agency would be able to secure the State of the Union event before sending the letter, according to a senior Homeland Security official, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The White House did not immediately respond to Pelosi, but her letter prompted some back and forth between Democrats and Republicans.

The US Constitution requires the President to brief Congress on the state of the union, but that briefing is not required to be a speech in front of Congress. President George Washington and his successor, John Adams, both delivered their annual messages as speeches before Congress. President Thomas Jefferson began the practice of delivering the State of the Union in writing. Alternatively, Trump could simply submit a written statement in lieu of an in-person speech, noted Pelosi.

Pelosi noted that 90 percent of the drugs and numerous asylum seekers coming into the United States come through the ports of entry and thus border security solutions need to focus first and foremost on those areas.

A top House Republican, Louisiana's Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES'), tweets that Democrats are interested only in obstruction.

Moderate House Democrats feared the White House was simply trying to divide the party while scoring a valuable photo-op.

Both chambers are now planning to stay in session over the planned Martin Luther King Day recess next week, given the awful optics of skipping town amid the shutdown. It pointed out that she had invited Trump to make the State of the Union address at the Capitol but said the shutdown complicated the situation.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had raised eyebrows among the US diplomatic corps last week when he proclaimed that morale at the State Department was "good" despite the shutdown and the fact that 40 percent of its employees in the USA and almost 23 percent overseas had been furloughed and the rest were working without pay.

Talks between President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders broke down a week ago when Trump walked out of a meeting with top Democrats after Pelosi told the president she would not be willing to cede to the president's demand for wall funding if the government reopened.

The shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, dragged into its 25th day on Tuesday with neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it-funding for a wall that Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico. - Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., after a bipartisan group of legislators met with Trump at the White House.

Representative Jim Jordan of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans who are close allies of Trump, said Pelosi's move showed the lengths to which Democrats will go to obstruct the president. "They're a little short on the R side", said Sen.

"In the fullest of time, this should not have a long-run effect on GDP growth", he said.

Separately, a bipartisan group of senators explored solutions.

While Trump's own advisers said the shutdown was proving a greater drag on the economy than expected, Trump showed no signs of backing off a fight that he views as vital for his core supporters. She repeatedly told reporters to follow up with her staff even though two reporters said they reached out to her office on the issue Monday and never heard back.

The Washington Post reported that Food and Drug Administration workers also have been called to work without pay during the shutdown.

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