WASHINGTON (CBS) – Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts is backing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call to delay President Donald Trump’s annual State of the Union address to Congress until the government shutdown is over.

In a letter to the the president on Wednesday, Pelosi cited security concerns for the planned Jan. 29 speech as the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security go without funding.

“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,” Pelosi said.

Pressley quickly endorsed Pelosi’s request.

“The state of our Union is that the occupant of the @WhiteHouse continues to act callously, manufacture crises and hurt hardworking people,” she tweeted. “Do your job and open the government. Then we’ll let you make your little speech.”

Pressley has only been a member of Congress for two weeks and she hasn’t shied away from going after the president. Last week in a speech on the House floor she called the shutdown a “Trump-generated crisis.”

“You devalue the life of the immigrant, the worker and the survivor,” Pressley said. “I see right through you and so do the American people.”

The White House has not yet responded to Pelosi’s letter.

Comments (2)
  1. Brie Michaels says:

    A little arrogant for a short-term leftie rep from a notoriously left-wing little state. She is someone most of us have never heard of – Donald J Trump is the leader of the strongest nation in the world. So I guess he gets to decide when he gives a speech.

  2. peddiebill says:

    Sorry Brie, name calling does not quite do it for me. Donald Trump is the appointed President of a powerful country but that doesn’t mean he is making a good job of it. The opinion polls suggest he does not have majority approval. He chose to start the Government shutdown and said he was taking full responsibility for the shutdown (although he has already forgotten that!! )

    The shut down is one week away from costing the country 6 billion dollars – to force the House to approve a 5.6 billion dollar wall extension. Some people have started to notice that this is dumb.

    So Brie, I accept you are unquestioning in your support for the current President, but surely the whole point of democracy is that if you (or the President) don’t get the people to accept what the leadership wants, you have to listen to the people.

    Finally I am curious as to why you don’t accept “lefties” as citizens in a now deeply divided Nation.

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