Neither Pelosi nor Trump can afford to blink first

The Democrats' decision to block the annual presidential address to the country’s 325 million citizens is rare, but is it wise?

24th January, 2019
Nancy Pelosi (l) with Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Pic: Getty

The invitation to a sitting president to give this annual speech comes from the third most powerful politician in the US, the Speaker of the House of Representatives – the person who would become president if both the incumbent and the VP were rendered incapable at the same time. Both houses must approve the invitation for the president to appear in the House Chamber, to deliver a speech meant to be an upsum of where...

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