Neither Pelosi Trump blinking in staring contest over shutdown state of union

first_imgWASHINGTON — The most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill is locked in a staring contest with the president of the United States — and so far, neither of them is blinking.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the White House has not yet responded to her request to postpone Donald Trump’s Jan. 29 state of the union address, a high-powered highlight of the congressional season.Pelosi argues that the ongoing federal government shutdown, which is now in its 27th day, will make it impossible for federal security agencies to ensure the safety of attendees.But observers say that’s just convenient cover for her true motive: denying the president a prominent, widely televised platform from which to attack his Democratic rivals.  The state of the union, which is delivered to a joint session of Congress, promises especially compelling optics: Pelosi herself would be seated on the dais for the duration, directly behind the president.The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, the result of a dispute between Democrats and the White House over a request for $5.7 billion in funding for Trump’s coveted wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

"Neither Pelosi Trump blinking in staring contest over shutdown state of union"