House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited Donald Trump to deliver the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress in February. The invitation comes less than 48 hours after Trump was impeached by the House.
In a three-paragraph letter, Pelosi made the offer in “the spirit of respecting our Constitution.” She signed the letter “best regards.”
Pelosi will sit directly behind Trump during the address.
According to Hogan Gidley, Trump’s White House spokesperson, Trump has accepted the invitation.
Pelosi sent the brief letter to Trump three days after he sent her a seething six-page letter attacking the House’s impeachment proceedings.
“By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy,” Trump stated in the erratic letter. He signed his letter “Sincerely yours.”
On Wednesday, the House voted to impeach Trump just hours after Pelosi referred to Trump as “an ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections.”
“It is an established fact that the president violated the Constitution by abusing his power and obstructing Congress,” she said on the House floor.
The State of the Union address would take place just one day after the Iowa caucuses. It could also come during his impeachment trial.
State of the Union address invitations from the speaker to the president is generally pro forma, however, Trump and Pelosi have bad blood over the yearly event.
Pelosi controls the timing of the address and she postponed the speech earlier this year because he had partially shut down the government.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump.
Trump would then retaliate by barring Pelosi and a House delegation, from using a military jet to visit Afghanistan and Brussels. He stated at the time that “she could fly commercial if she still wanted to go.”
Ultimately Trump agreed to postpone his address until after the shutdown.