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Trump says Pelosi was ‘reasonable’ in State of the Union decision

President Trump said it would be “very disrespectful” not to make the speech on Capitol Hill, an option the White House had reportedly considered. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Thursday said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to postpone the State of the Union address until after the shutdown ends was “reasonable.”

The president, while speaking to reporters at the White House, said it was Pelosi’s decision on whether the address would happen on Jan. 29, which it was previously slated for.

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He added it would be “very disrespectful” not to make the speech on Capitol Hill, an option the White House had reportedly considered.

“I could’ve gone to a big auditorium and gotten 25,000 people in one day,” the president said. “But I think that would be very disrespectful to the State of the Union.”

“So what she said, I thought, was actually reasonable. We will have the State of the Union when the shutdown is over,” Trump concluded.

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The president recently has been in a tense tit-for-tat feud with the House Speaker.

Trump announced last Wednesday in a tweet that he was going to hold off on his speech until after the shutdown is over.

“This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over,” Trump wrote.

Pelosi last week requested the president postpone his address or deliver it in writing, citing concerns that the shutdown had crippled the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security and could harm the security planning process.

The president on Wednesday, however, initially rejected that explanation, saying he had been contacted by DHS and Secret Service officials who said “there would be absolutely no problem regarding security with respect to the event.”

But Pelosi quickly shot down the president’s response. The California Democrat said the House wouldn’t vote on a resolution to support the president addressing the chamber.

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