- [Mark] No deal to reopen the government,
no State of the Union.
That's the bold messageSpeaker of the House,
Nancy Pelosi, is sendingto President Trump.
In a letter to Trump shesuggests finding another date
or that he deliver his speech in writing.
- Discourse speaker, thePresident of the United States.
- [Mark] Putting off the annual address
would take away thePresident's powerful platform
to make a case for hissouthern border wall.
Still, Pelosi says it's not about politics
but a matter of securitywith the Secret Service
and Department of Homeland Security
affected by the shutdown.
- This is a housekeeping matter
in the Congress of the United States
so that we can honor the responsibility
of the invitation weextended to the President.
He can make it from the Oval Office.
- [Mark] House RepublicanLeader, Kevin McCarthy,
says Pelosi's move isunbecoming of a Speaker,
and Homeland SecuritySecretary, Kirstjen Nielsen,
disputed her claimsabout security Tweeting:
Still no word from PresidentTrump but he did sign a bill
ensuring back pay for federal workers.
And yesterday he met with the bi-partisan
House Problem Solvers Caucus,but little came of that.
Meanwhile the Trump administration now
has essentially doubled its estimate
on how much the shutdowncould hurt the economy.
Heritage Foundation economist
and former Trump campaignadvisor, Stephen Moore,
tells CBN's Faith Nationthis could go on for weeks
with neither side willing to budge.
- Steven, how long doyou think this can go on?
How long can President Trump,
how long can he really ride this out
and will there be a breaking point?
- I don't think anyone knowsthe answer to that question
because you'd have to askNancy Pelosi and Donald Trump
the answer to that question.
Right now they seem to not be close at all
and Pelosi has basicallysaid, I'm not negotiating.
It's hard to reach a compromise
when the other side isn't negotiating,
so God forbid, this could go on
for another three of four weeks.
I hope not.
- [Mark] And as far as the President's
State of the Union speech goes,
if the President doesn'tdeliver it from the House
another possibility for him
is giving it from theRepublican-controlled Senate.
Republicans are weighing their options.
Mark Martin, CBN News.