MI Lawmaker Invites Trump to Deliver SOTU From State Capitol: 'Open and Ready at His Convenience'
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield extended an official invitation to President Trump last week to deliver his State of the Union address away from the nation's capital.
Chatfield's offer comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for a delay of the annual address until the government reopens.
President @realDonaldTrump, due to the unavailability of the US House for your #SOTU Address, I would like to extend to you an official invitation to deliver your important address in the Michigan House chamber. The success of our state & country is bigger than political parties! pic.twitter.com/FqFYIf8V3G
— Lee Chatfield (@LeeChatfield) January 18, 2019
Pelosi urged Trump in a letter of her own to either agree upon a new date for the State of the Union address, or deliver it in writing.
Chatfield (R) wrote that he and his chamber "are willing to put people before politics," and said Monday on Fox & Friends that it's important Americans hear from the president despite the "dysfunction" in Congress.
"Even as a Republican speaker, I have found that the success of our Democratic governor means the success of the state of Michigan," he said. "I'm gonna fight every day for that success, and I'm hopeful that Washington Democrats can do the same thing."
Chatfield said that although he'd prefer Trump's State of the Union to take place in D.C., "Michigan is open and ready at his convenience."
Following Pelosi's request to delay the address, Trump denied the speaker military aircraft for a foreign trip "due to the shutdown."
"I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate," Trump wrote.
Nancy, I am still thinking about the State of the Union speech, there are so many options - including doing it as per your written offer (made during the Shutdown, security is no problem), and my written acceptance. While a contract is a contract, I’ll get back to you soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2019
Chatfield added that there needs to be compromise in Washington, and that elected officials need to "put people above partisan, petty games."
"I think it's unfortunate, and I think we're all suffering because of it," he said.
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