Secret Service Fact Checks Nancy Pelosi: We Are Fully Prepared and Able to Handle Trump's State of the Union Address

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019 2:45 PM
Secret Service Fact Checks Nancy Pelosi: We Are Fully Prepared and Able to Handle Trump's State of the Union Address

Source: AP Photo/Eric Risberg

The United States Secret Service is pushing back against claims from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that agents are incapable of providing sufficient security for President Trump's State of the Union address due to the government shutdown.

Pelosi essentially tried to use the agency as a political pawn as she continues her refusal to negotiate with President Trump on border security. 

"The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events by Public Law 106-544, December 19, 2000.  However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now – with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs," Pelosi wrote in a letter to the president Wednesday. 

"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," she argued.

Earlier this month, Pelosi invited President Trump to give the State of the Union address. She hasn't officially rescinded the invitation.