Trump moving ahead with State of the Union speech next week

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress - despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it. The White House sent an email to the House Sergeant-at-Arms on Tuesday asking to schedule a walk-through for the speech in anticipation of a Jan. 29 delivery. That's according to a White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the planning. Pelosi had sent a letter to Trump last week suggesting he either deliver it in writing or delay it until after the partial government shutdown is resolved, citing security concerns. Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PRESIDENT Trump signs bill to compensate government workers for wages lost during shutdown

The White House says President Donald Trump has signed a bill that will require some 800,000 federal employees to be compensated for wages lost or work performed during the partial government shutdown. Wednesday’s bill signing was closed to the media. The House and Senate had voted to give the workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens.

Trump will try to replace democracy with ‘a regime in a permanent state of emergency’: Yale historian Timothy Snyder

he U.S. government has now been partially shut down for three weeks, the longest such closure in our nation's history. What began as an act of brinksmanship and political hostage-taking by Donald Trump in an effort to extort billions of dollars for his wall along the Mexican border has spiraled out of control. Trump and the Republican Party's gambit has left almost a million federal employees without pay, created a situation where some federal employees may even be made homeless, imperiled public safety -- including the country's food supply -- and in total betrayed the common good and the president's oath to protect the well-being of the country. When asked about the harm his shutdown of the federal government is doing to the American people Trump reportedly told Democratic Party leaders, “Then you won’t give me what I want.”

Trump Quotes ‘Hitler Lover’ In Latest Attempt To Push His Border Wall Plan

President Donald Trump on Sunday quoted a man he once denounced as a “Hitler lover” to defend his plan to build a wall along the southern border. In a CNSNews column claiming Democrats were hoping to “reduce the number of white men” in the country, political commentator Pat Buchanan urged Trump to declare a national emergency and use military money to build the wall.