U.S. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have agreed Trump will give the annual State of the Union address on February 5, following her postponement of the event from January 29 because of the partial government shutdown, a spokesman for Pelosi said on Monday.
“When I wrote to you on January 23rd, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has reopened to schedule this year’s State of the Union address,” Pelosi said in a letter to Trump on Monday.
“In our conversation today, we agreed on February 5th,” she added. “Therefore, I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on February 5, 2019 in the House Chamber.”
Trump sent a letter to Pelosi on Monday evening saying it was his “great honor” to accept her invitation to deliver the address on Feb. 5.
“We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve!” he said in the letter, which was released by the White House.
In retaliation, Trump canceled a trip by Pelosi and other House Democrats to Afghanistan aboard military aircraft. He later insisted he would deliver the speech, then relented after she said no.
The 35-day partial shutdown ended on Friday with Trump agreeing to temporarily reopen the government without any money for his wall. The deal reopened the government through Feb. 15, meaning that Trump will be delivering his address as the threat of a second shutdown looms.
Democrats oppose the wall, calling it “immoral,” costly and ineffective. They had pressed for the government to be reopened before any discussion on the matter.