Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday contradicted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the Secret Service and related agencies would not be able to provide the necessary security for the State of the Union address scheduled for the end of the month, due to the partial government shutdown.
On Wednesday, Pelosi called on Trump to delay making the State of the Union address or deliver it by writing instead of appearing before Congress personally.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to the president.
The speaker noted that last September, Nielsen designated State of the Union addresses as “National Special Security Events,” necessitating “the full resources of the Federal Government to be brought to bear.”
“The extraordinary demands presented by NSSEs require weeks of detailed planning with dozens of agencies working together to prepare for the safety of all participants,” Pelosi wrote.