President Trump 'Planning Major Speech' Next Week, Despite Postponing SOTU
May still address the nation after being forced to delay the State of the Union
President Donald Trump is reportedly planning a major national speech next week after being forced to delay his annual State of the Union address until after the government shutdown has ended.
Despite being blocked from going ahead with the SOTU by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump is apparently planning an alternative televised address to the American people.
Sebastion Gorka, President Trump's former deputy assistant, revealed in an interview with Breitbart News Daily on Sirius XM on Thursday that supporters should expect to see Trump speaking to the country anyway.
“It might not be called the State of the Union, but there will be an address, from a very very interesting location, held very soon by the president,” Gorka said.
According to Breitbart, Gorka now hosts his own radio show “America First” on the Salem Radio Network. Gorka and other talk radio hosts met with the president last week for an off the record meeting to discuss the ongoing shutdown.
The White House did not confirm or deny any of the president’s plans when contacted by Breitbart News for comment.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rescinded her invitation to the president to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 29.
Trump conceded late Wednesday night that he would postpone his State of the Union address at Pelosi’s request.
Nancy just said she “just doesn’t understand why?” Very simply, without a Wall it all doesn’t work. Our Country has a chance to greatly reduce Crime, Human Trafficking, Gangs and Drugs. Should have been done for decades. We will not Cave!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2019
The idea of a speech on the same day as the State of the Union address continues to get traction amongst conservative supporters of the president.
“There really is one State of the Union speech and that happens in Congress, so any other speech wouldn’t really technically be a State of the Union,” American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said in an interview with Breitbart News on Thursday.
Schlapp and other conservatives met with Trump at the White House on Wednesday, shortly after Pelosi made her decision to postpone the president’s speech.
Schlapp said he was surprised by the president’s decision to postpone the speech, noting that he did not indicate that decision during the meeting.
He did not confirm or deny rumors about the president’s upcoming plans but indicated that it made sense.
“My guess is we’ll be hearing and seeing more around his strategy of taking this fight to the people,” Schlapp said.
“He should give a major speech that same day, it’s just not the State of the Union, let’s be candid.”