In the two weeks since she became Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has consistently won her battles with Donald Trump, who keeps looking increasingly foolish for trying to take her on. As part of her strategy to force Trump to stop holding the country hostage, Pelosi informed Trump that he won’t be invited to deliver his State of the Union address until he ends his government shutdown. Now he’s trying to turn this on its head, and it’s quickly blown up in his face.
Donald Trump decided to post this tweet, which he seemed to think was rather clever: “Nancy, I am still thinking about the State of the Union speech, there are so many options – including doing it as per your written offer (made during the Shutdown, security is no problem), and my written acceptance. While a contract is a contract, I’ll get back to you soon!” This didn’t get him very far.
Nancy Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill, speaking on behalf of Pelosi, fired back with this response: “To be clear, the Speaker’s Office never received a “written acceptance” from the President.” So not only is Trump lying about the circumstances, it’s easily proven that he’s lying.
To be clear, Donald Trump isn’t legally allowed to simply show up to the House and deliver the State of the Union address without the Speaker’s approval. If he did show up, he would simply be turned away and look foolish for it. This appears to be yet another empty threat on Trump’s part. Then again, whenever Trump publicly threatens to do something, he almost never does it; his crimes and creepy antics are usually carried out without warning or in secret.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report