Pelosi: Shutdown Victims Are ‘Hostages’ to Trump’s ‘Applause Line in a Campaign Speech’

By Emily Ward | January 24, 2019 | 3:59 PM EST

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

( - During her weekly press briefing on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that “victims of the shutdown” were “hostages to the president’s applause line in a campaign speech.”

Pelosi’s comment came after President Donald Trump announced last night that he would delay his State of the Union address until after the government shutdown is over.

“As you know, last night the president accepted the fact that the State of the Union should be at a time – State of the Union should be at a time when we can talk about the state of the union when government is not shut down,” Pelosi began.

“I’m glad we could get that off the table, because I know it was a source of many questions – should we rent the equipment for the State of the Union? Should we have our families come in? It is so unimportant, in the lives of the American people, in terms of, especially those who are victims of the shutdown, hostages to the president’s applause line in a campaign speech,” she said.

The government has been partially shut down since Dec. 22, 2018, largely due to a stalemate between Congress and the president over funding for the border wall with Mexico. The president has repeatedly asked for $5.7 billion to fund the wall, but Democrats have so far refused, preferring to fund border security measures that would not involve a wall.

At Thursday’s briefing, Pelosi said that border security is “an important part” of protecting the American people.

“Democrats have always been strong about honoring our oath of office to protect and defend the American people,” Pelosi said. “Protecting our borders – securing our borders is an important part of that.”


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