House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed in a letter to POTUS Donald Trump on Wednesday that the two of them should “work together” to “reschedule” his Jan.Â 29 State of the Union Address if the partial government shutdown remains in effect because of “security” concerns, but those have been smacked down by the agencies responsible for providing it.
â€œThis 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 presidentâ€™s shutdown. But that isnâ€™t the point. The point is security. â€¦ [Itâ€™s] a security decision which is completely out of my hands,” Pelosi said in a subsequent press conference.
However, both CNN and NBC News, neither what you could consider pro-Trump media, have reported that Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security pushed back on Pelosi’s nonsensical claims.
Secret Service is fully ready to offer full protection during the #SOTU, a sr. law enforcement official tells @petewilliamsnbc.
"It's a no-fail mission," the official says.
Though USSS personnel are not being paid, the intelligence & protection functions are fully staffed. (1/2)
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 16, 2019
“Secret Service is fully ready to offer full protection during the
#SOTU, a sr. law enforcement official tells @petewilliamsnbc. ‘It’s a no-fail mission,’ the official says. Though USSS personnel are not being paid, the intelligence & protection functions are fully staffed,” Peter Alexander at NBC News tweeted.
“We’ve been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn’t start up 29 days ago,” the official continued.
A senior DHS official tells me that Speaker Pelosi’s claim regarding security concerns surrounding the State of the Union during a shutdown has “zero” credibility… “It is a serious event but one we can handle.”
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) January 16, 2019
“A senior DHS official tells me that Speaker Pelosiâ€™s claim regarding security concerns surrounding the State of the Union during a shutdown has ‘zero’ credibility… ‘It is a serious event but one we can handle,'” CNN correspondent Elizabeth Landers tweeted.
Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien also noted that DHS officials said “no one from Pelosi’s office called the Secret Service to ask if they had concerns about SOTU before she sent that letter,” which reportedly surprised her aides.
Fox News's John Roberts says a DHS official told him that no one from Pelosi's office called the Secret Service to ask if they had concerns about SOTU before she sent that letter. #StateoftheUnion #GovernmentShutdown
— Cortney O'Brien (@obrienc2) January 16, 2019
As we noted earlier, the hypocrisy of Pelosi’s security concerns was not lost on us, nor was the irony. She professes to be worried about security for the SOTU, without merit it turns out, though a portion of the government is shut down precisely because she isn’t concerned about security along our U.S.-Mexico border.
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