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N.C. House speaker invites Trump to give State of the Union in Tar Heel state

Tim Moore sent a letter Friday offering his statehouse as a venue for the annual address

The North Carolina state legislature building is seen in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday, May 9, 2016. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore invited President Donald Trump to give his second State of the Union address at his state’s General Assembly chambers.

The Republican sent a letter to the president Friday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Wednesday that Trump postpone the address until after the shutdown is over. Moore is one of several lawmakers from across the U.S. who have offered up their places for the address.  

“North Carolina, like Washington D.C., has a balanced government that provides opportunity for all voices to be heard through dialogue rather than division,” Moore said in the letter.

Both North Carolina’s House of Representatives and Senate are controlled by Republicans. The governor, Roy Cooper, is a Democrat.

Lee Chatfield, speaker of Michigan’s House of Representatives, also invited Trump to give the annual address in Lansing.

“Because some have chosen to stand in the way of your official duties, we would be honored to host you in our Capitol for this necessary address to our nation,” Chatfield said in a letter.

Pelosi had initially invited Trump to deliver the speech on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and he had accepted.

Pelosi later asked Trump to delay the speech or deliver it in writing, citing security concerns that are typically in place for the annual address, which brings most of the government’s power into one room of the Capitol. 

The shutdown is now in its 28th day.

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