Article by Bryan Howard
January 17, 2019
Nancy Pelosi is canceling President Trump’s State Of The Union address claiming Secret Service will not be quipped to handle security issues due to the shutdown. Pelosi was called out for lying about security concerns by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Pelosi stated in her letter to President Trump why his speech should be canceled.
“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs. Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released a counter statement claiming Secret Service is fully capable of securing the State of the Union.