Donald Trump on Monday accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's invitation to deliver his State of the Union speech on 5 February, a week later than originally scheduled because of the partial government shutdown.
"It is my great honor to accept, "Trump said in a letter to Pelosi.
The speech had originally been scheduled for 29 January, but Pelosi postponed it amid what turned into a 35-day partial government shutdown on Trump's Demand for Border wall funding.
"When I wrote to you on January 23rd, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually acceptable date when government has reopened to schedule this year's State of the Union Address, "Pelosi wrote. "In our conversation today, we agreed on February 5th."
"Therefore," she continued, "I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on February 5, 2019 in the House Chamber.
Pelosi's office and the White House said the House speaker and president had spoken by phone Monday afternoon. A Pelosi spokesman said she placed the call at 3:55 p.m. and it lasted about 12 minutes.
Pelosi had postponed the speech, first as a "suggestion" and later, after Trump declared his intention to appear anyway, as a formal rescission. The president then refused to allow her to lead a delegation overseas on the military jets he commands. The president said he was considering an "alternative" plan.
The Constitution states only that the president "shall from time to time give the Congress of the State of the Union." give his update in writing.