In an interview with CNN’s Kate Bouldan, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said the State of the Union address (SOTU) is not happening!
Hoyer indicated that, since Trump was using the government shutdown as a negotiating tactic, well, two could play at that game:
“The speaker is the one who invites the president to speak in the joint session and she has said as long as the government is shut down we’re not going to be doing business as usual…”
It appears that the Majority Leader was a bit too quick on the draw, as he later had to admit he hadn’t read House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) letter on which he was basing his proclamation. Oops.
Following this kerfuffle, Pelosi asserted that security was the reason the SOTU is off — not the apparent tit-for-tat.
According to Pelosi: “The point is security…This is a very big deal.”
She did say he was welcome to submit written remarks or give the address from the Oval Office.
UPDATE: Steny Hoyer’s office walked back his comments from CNN saying, “Mr. Hoyer had not read Speaker Pelosi’s letter and mischaracterized it”