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Secret Service, DHS Debunk Pelosi’s State of the Union Security Claims

Agency officials reject House speaker's claims about President Trump's address

 on 17th January 2019 @ 3.00pm
nancy pelosi claims president trump s state of the union address should be delayed for  security  reasons © press
Nancy Pelosi claims President Trump's State of the Union address should be delayed for 'security' reasons

Following Wednesday's calls for President Donald Trump to delay his televised State of the Union national address by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, citing "security" reasons, several reports have surfaced that reject the senior Democrat's claims.

Multiple reports - from CNN, NBC, and Fox News - indicate that officials from the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security both poured cold water on Pelosi’s stated reason for asking President Trump to postpone his annual address.

In her statement, Pelosi claimed that she was calling for the address to be delayed because it’s "a security decision which is completely out of my hands."

According to Fox News's John Roberts, however, a DHS official told him that no one from Pelosi's office called the Secret Service before she wrote the letter blaming security issues.

nancy pelosi said president trump s state of the union address should be delayed due to security issues © press
Nancy Pelosi said President Trump's State of the Union address should be delayed due to security issues

According to Breitbart, on Wednesday, Pelosi wrote to the president to rescind her Jan. 3 invitation for him to address Congress on January 29, in keeping with tradition.

Pelosi blamed a lack of available security due to the ongoing partial government shutdown:

“This requires hundreds of people working on the logistics and security of it.

"Most of those people are either furloughed or victims of the shutdown.

"The president’s shutdown. But that isn’t the point.

"The point is security. … [It’s] a security decision which is completely out of my hands.”

fox news s john roberts says a dhs official told him that no one from pelosi s office called the secret service © press
Fox News's John Roberts says a DHS official told him that no one from Pelosi's office called the Secret Service

Aside from Fox News, both NBC and CNN — hardly pro-Trump outlets — have rejected Pelosi’s explanation.





At the time Pelosi issued her original invitation to the president, the shutdown was already 13 days old, having begun on Dec. 22.

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