Advance Notice: Briefs

Trump bypasses Michigan for State of the Union speech

By: - January 22, 2019 7:23 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence looking on, delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2019 | Doug Mills, Pool/Getty Images

Michigan’s dream of hosting President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech is over almost as quickly as it began.

After landing on “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning, Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) tweeted Tuesday afternoon his thanks to Trump “for the great conversation earlier this AM and for your continued commitment to the Great Lakes State. I understand you have other plans for

https://twitter.com/LeeChatfield/status/1087784927750512642

Chatfield tweeted on Friday that he had invited Trump to give his speech before the Michigan House, which got him booked on Fox News a few days later. The president usually gives his address before Congress, but that hit a snag amidst the longest federal government shutdown in history.

Lee Chatfield

While U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said there were “security concerns” with Trump appearing before Congress, the White House on Tuesday indicated they’re ready to proceed with the speech on Jan. 29.

Chatfield said he’s looking forward to Trump returning soon to Michigan, a state he won by roughly 10,000 votes in 2016, helping him clinch the presidency.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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