State of Union Address to Happen When Government Shutdown Ends, Trump Tweets

Amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, Trump honors Nancy Pelosi's request to deliver the address when the federal government reopens

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House, January 23, 2019.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a late night Tweet on Wednesday that he will wait until the government shutdown is over to deliver a State of the Union address from the House of Representatives. 

Trump also criticized House leader Nancy Pelosi for withdrawing a previous invitation to deliver the address. The House Speaker said she changed her mind because of the shutdown, which has lasted more than a month and affected 800,000 federal workers. 

"This is her prerogative - I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. 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," the president said in the tweet.