>> They become a radicalized part of a.>> President Donald Trump says he's not looking for an alternative venue for the State of the Union. He made the comments in a late night tweet on Wednesday, saying he'll wait until the partial government shutdown is over before making the speech.
He said, quote, there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. That's a swift reversal from what he said earlier when he claimed he would look for a new venue after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told him he was no longer invited to use the House Chamber because of the shutdown.
>> I would say this, that the State of the Union speech has been canceled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn't wanna hear the truth.>> This comes after a back and forth between the two on Wednesday, where the President appeared to find himself outmaneuvered in an exchange of letters with the Democratic House leader.
Trump had written to Pelosi saying he looked forward to seeing her in the House of Representatives next week. Adding it would be very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location. Pelosi returned an unequivocal reply, the House would not vote on a resolution to host the State of the Union until a partial government shutdown is resolved.
>> We do not support the President holding the health, safety and paychecks of the American people hostage again to a campaign applause line.>> It's an unprecedented move and a brazen assertion of Congressional power in the midst of a record long government shutdown. Pelosi last week said hosting the sizable event in House Chamber would be an undo hardship on the agents of the Secret Service, who are working without pay.
She suggested rescheduling the address.>> The date of the State of the Union is not a sacred date.>> Trump last week denied Pelosi the use of military aircraft for a trip to meet troops in Afghanistan just before she was set to depart. The White House said the move was unrelated to the State of the Union stand-off, but the Administration derided Pelosi's justifications for delaying the speech.
>> She cited security concerns as a potential reason to delay it, those concerns were addressed by the Department of Homeland Security of the United States Secret Service.>> The partial government shut down has now lasted for more than a month and has affected 800,000 Federal workers.