The speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has said it will not allow the President of the United States Donald Trump to make the traditional address to Congress “On the situation of the country,” until the government resumes its work. This is stated in an official statement released on Wednesday, January 23.
Earlier, Nancy Pelosi has already offered Trump to postpone the speech or distribute it in writing. However, on Wednesday, the President informed the speaker that he still intended to make an appeal, as planned, on January 29 in the hall of the House of Representatives.
Pelosi said it was impossible. “I want to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a General resolution that will give the President the right to speak until the government starts working again,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Donald Trump called the cancellation of his speech a disgrace and promised that he would make a “truly important speech” on an alternative site.
“Shutdown” — the longest in the US history
Donald Trump and the representative of the Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi accuse each other of continuing almost five weeks “shutdown”. The work of most state structures in the United States was paralyzed due to the dispute between the President and the Democrats. Trump demands that Congress allocate $ 5.7 billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico. However, Democrats with a majority in the House of Representatives reject the draft.
On December 21, the US Congress did not approve the draft budget for the next fiscal year. In this regard, about 800 thousand American civil servants do not receive a salary for more than a month, many of them are sent on forced unpaid leave. “Shutdown” has been ongoing for 33 days. It is the longest in the history of the country a break in funding of the US administration.