Though the federal government shutdown has come to an end, the date of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech remains a question mark.
Speaking with reporters Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made clear that the president’s address hadn’t been scheduled yet. It was initially scheduled to be delivered in the House chambers this Tuesday, but it fell victim to the shutdown.
“What I’d said to the president is when the government is open, we will discuss a mutually agreeable date, and I’ll look forward to doing that and welcoming the president to the House of Representatives for the State of the Union when we agree on that mutually agreeable date,” Pelosi said.
Earlier this month, Pelosi revoked Trump’s invitation to appear before the House and deliver his remarks, deciding it wasn’t the right time given the shutdown and its impact on unpaid security details.
In a resulting tit-for-tat, Trump vowed to ignore Pelosi’s wishes, Pelosi reiterated that she had shelved the invitation, then Trump angrily recognized the cancellation.
Though Trump has signed a bill to get the government up and running, Pelosi wants to see the actual reopening occur before putting Trump’s speech on the calendar.
The speaker and the president have faced off over his demands for more than $5 billion to build a border wall, with Pelosi teaming up with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to oppose money for the barrier.