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‘Bad Decision’ by Trump to Delay His State of the Union

Laura Ingraham, host of Fox News' 'The Ingraham Angle,' does not think the president should put off the annual address — and suggests some alternative locations

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The host of Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” tweeted early on Thursday that she does not agree with President Donald Trump’s move to delay his State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown is over.

He should deliver it as usual to the American people, she suggested — in some different venues.

Late in the evening on Wednesday, just after 11 p.m., Trump tweeted his thoughts about his State of the Union this year, after a contentious back-and-forth between himself and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over the delivery date and place of the SOTU:

Ingraham said Trump’s announcement was a “bad decision” — and then offered an alternative.

“Bad decision by @potus,” she tweeted.

“Go to America and give the nation a #SOTU. Send the written form to petty Pelosi.”

She suggested these alternatives: “I’d do a three-part SOTU. First in Detroit. Second at border. Third at Ellis Island.”

Trump’s comments late last night capped a tense day in Washington, D.C., in which Republicans — including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for blocking the president from giving the annual speech during the partial government shutdown.

Related: Pelosi ‘Doesn’t Want the American People to Hear the President’s Message’

Many others are still weighing in as well.

“The State of the Union doesn’t belong to Nancy Pelosi or President Trump, it belongs to the American people,” said Katie Pavlich, a Fox News contributor and editor of Townhall, on “Fox News @Night” with Shannon Bream late last night.

“It is a petty move,” she added. “This is something that Nancy Pelosi invited the president to do, to give the State of the Union, on January 3, which was weeks into the shutdown and a week before federal workers missed their first paycheck. So, to say it’s about the shutdown, really doesn’t add up … She’s shutting down transparency when it comes to the president talking to the American people. But luckily, he has other outlets.”

Pelosi told Trump the House will not approve a resolution allowing him to come to Capitol Hill until the government reopens.

But Trump now has said he is not going to look for an alternative venue — given the long tradition of the State of the Union’s being delivered in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

The government has been partially shut down now for 33 days. Democratic leaders and the president have been unable thus far to negotiate a funding deal to keep the government open. Trump pledged late last year that he would not sign any more spending bills that did not include $5.7 billion for the border security wall. Democratic leaders have opposed providing any funding for the wall.

The Senate is set to hold two votes today on competing proposals to reopen the government.

“It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats. They’ve become radicalized,” Trump said in part from the White House this week.

“She’s now going to have this stain on her record.”

“Ultimately it’s the message [of the SOTU] that’s so important,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on “The Ingraham Angle” last night, before Trump’s tweet. “This is about securing the border of our country. Clearly Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want the American people to hear the president’s message.”

He also said, “It just shows how petty she is and how disgraceful this action is. She’s now going to have this stain on her record.”

Check out this clip from “The Ingraham Angle” last night, before Trump announced his decision to postpone his SOTU:

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