Despite Rescinded Invitation, Trump Moves Toward State Of Union Address At Capitol

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

The White House sought to schedule a walk-through for its advance staff at the U.S. Capitol building Monday, which indicates President Donald Trump intends to deliver his State of the Union address despite being un-invited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week.

The schedule request from the White House is the latest in a larger saga over a partial government shutdown lasting more than a month as a result of funding disagreements between Democrats and Republicans for a wall along the U.S. southern border.

Trump is demanding$ 5.7 billion in funding with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying they will give no more than $1.6 billion. (RELATED: Trump Holds Fast On Shutdown As Advisers Warn Of Consequences)

Pelosi wrote Trump last week notifying him that she was un-inviting him from delivering a State of the Union address to Congress on Jan 29, claiming that security readiness was affected because protection personnel were not receiving their paychecks.

President Donald Trump talks with Chief Justice John Roberts as he departs after delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill Jan. 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump talks with Chief Justice John Roberts as he departs after delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Pelosi, however, was rebuked by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who said that the department was fully prepared to provide security if necessary.

Trump responded to Pelosi days later saying that the State of the Union address would be delivered in some form, and they would let her know eventually what he decided. The administration’s request of a walk through indicates they still believe that a State of the Union address before the full Congress is still on the table.

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