WH Indicates Some Kind of State of Union Address Next Tuesday

President Trump accepts Pelosi's initial invitation to give State of the Union on House floor

Alternative plans are also underway for the annual address to be made from a different location - including at a political rally - depending on whether the partial shutdown of the USA government persists, add White House officials.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would hold an alternative event to the State of the Union address after Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi barred him from speaking in the House of Representatives until the partial government shutdown ends.

Last week, the House speaker sent a letter to Trump, requesting he postpone the State of the Union, citing security concerns related to the impact of the budget impasse on the Homeland Security Department. Trump shot back that Pelosi was afraid of hearing the truth. The president can not speak in front of a joint session of Congress without both chambers' explicit permission.

He declared the speech would occur on Tuesday from the House chamber.

It's unclear where Mr. Trump will give his address now, although the White House insists one is still happening.

"I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber", Trump tweeted late Wednesday.

She wrote Wednesday: "I look forward to welcoming you to the House on a mutually agreeable date for this address when government has been opened".

"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!" he wrote.

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On the same day, Trump said on Twitter that he is "looking forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at end of February". She said humanitarian assistance for North Korea must be "separately considered" from the ongoing talks.

The power play - which Trump countered by revoking Pelosi's use of a military aircraft, thereby canceling a congressional delegation visit to Afghanistan - had put the status of the marquee speech in limbo, leaving staff scrambling to figure out how to proceed.

The president is required to give Congress a report on the nation, but is not required to deliver it in a live, televised address before lawmakers.

In a move seen as retaliation against the House speaker, Trump stopped Pelosi from using a US military aircraft for a congressional delegation visit to American troops in Afghanistan. "And we're going to continue moving forward with the State of the Union and we'll see what happens".

Franklin Roosevelt, the country's only four-term president, was the first to begin referring to it as a "State of the Union" message during the Second World War and the name was formally adopted by his successor, Harry Truman, in 1947, the first year it was televised.

The speech is also expected to include other topic areas, such as the economy and foreign policy, that might be harder to include in a speech in a political venue.

Some officials said a rally would be viewed as just another campaign speech, which they acknowledge people have started to tune out.

Presidential advisers have also looked again at the Oval Office and at other venues inside the White House for the address, though the Oval Office is considered a tough sell for the President since he disliked the address to the nation he delivered there earlier this month, and polls showed it changed few people's minds about the border wall.

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