Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of the Union

The president has not replied to Pelosi's request, in which she cited security and staffing concerns amid the ongoing government shutdown.
1:37 | 01/17/19

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We move to Washington and the government shutdown, day 27 setting new records impoing more severe hardship by the day and now house speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing president trump to put off his state of the union address until the government is open again. Citing security concerns because of furloughs at key federal agencies. Mary Bruce is on capitol hill with the latest. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, it's been nearly 24 hours but this morning surprisingly still no response from the president. The ball is in his court after the speaker made this brazen power play suggesting that unless the president can agree to re-open the government there will be no state of the union address. Now, by postponing the speech the speaker would deny the president a pretty powerful platform to make his case for his border wall but says this isn't about politics but security concerns. She says the secret service and the department of homeland security have been hamstruggling by furloughs but the department is disputing that. The secretary says they stand, quote, fully prepared to support and secure the state of the union, George. Mary, speaker Pelosi has not taken the step but she can block the president by not putting a else on the floor to approve it so she has that power. What alternatives does he have. Reporter: The speaker is suggesting the president giving it in writing or in the oval office. He could deliver this somewhere else here on the hill possibly even from the Republican controlled senate and this morning I'm told Republicans here are weighing all their options. They're looking at everything he could do from the east room at the white house, the oval office if he chooses to. Presidents until Woodrow Wilson generally sent it up to capitol hill. I don't think he's going to do that. I don't think so.

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