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Pelosi and Trump agree on Feb. 5 for rescheduled State of the Union

Speaker had requested president delay address when government was shut down

President Donald Trump, here giving his 2018 State of the Union Address in the House chamber, will deliver this year’s address on Feb. 5 after he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to reschedule it when the government was reopened. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump have agreed that he will hold his State of the Union address in the House chamber on Feb. 5.

Pelosi sent Trump a letter Monday formally inviting him to deliver the address next Tuesday, which she noted was the date they agreed to in a conversation.

The California Democrat called Trump at 3:55 p.m. Monday, and they spoke for approximately 12 minutes, according to her spokesman Drew Hammill who declined to say whether they discussed matters other than the State of the Union.

Earlier this month, Pelosi had invited the president to deliver the State of the Union on Jan. 29 but she later rescinded that offer, saying she would not allow Trump to speak in the House chamber until the government was open. After some back and forth, Trump ultimately agreed. 

The partial government shutdown ended Friday after Trump signed a three-week continuing resolution.

Holding the State of the Union next week will prevent further delays that could have emerged if the government shuts down again come Feb. 15, when the CR expires. Trump has said that’s a possibility if Congress does not agree to appropriate funds for a wall along the southern border. 

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