The government shutdown is over

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Amanda Wills, CNN
10:01 p.m. ET, January 25, 2019
1:20 p.m. ET, January 23, 2019

Trump is meeting with conservative leaders this afternoon

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins 

President Trump is meeting with conservative leaders on his immigration proposal this afternoon.

An official said the meeting is expected to include former Attorney General for Virginia Ken Cuccinelli, National Review editor-in-chief Rich Lowry and American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, among other figures. 

1:04 p.m. ET, January 23, 2019

White House officials hope to force Pelosi's hand on State of the Union

From CNN's Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins and Jeremy Diamond

Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

The White House’s plan right now is to essentially dare House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to formally disinvite President Trump from addressing the nation.

Officials said they are planning to scale up pressure on Pelosi in the coming days to say one way or the other whether if he will be allowed to deliver the speech in the House Chamber. The hope is to force her hand — either to say he cannot speak from the House Chamber, or to allow it to move forward.

The White House hopes to throw into question her concerns about security, citing the Department of Homeland statements saying the United States Secret Service would be able to secure the venue, officials said. White House officials have also been driving that message during television appearances over the past 24 hours.

Why Trump wants an address (and not a rally): White House officials said they are hesitant to hold a campaign style rally instead of the State of the Union address because they realize it’s not formal enough to look like the traditional speech. The message they planned to deliver at the Capitol ��� even one shaped around the shutdown — would be much more tamped down than the President's usual rhetoric at a rally, where he often deviates from the script and works off the crowd. 

It would also include other topic areas, like the economy and foreign policy, that might be hard to include in a speech on the border or in a political venue. And officials believe they have a positive message on both of those areas they want to break through.

Some officials believe a rally would just be seen as another campaign speech, which they acknowledge people have started to tune out. And there's a recognition it's harder to keep Trump on-message in a rally versus a more formal address. Officials also noted that networks rarely carry the rallies live. 

The White House is looking at other venues: Right now, the White House is floating the idea of holding a rally outside Washington but not seriously, according to one official.

Officials have also looked again at the Oval Office and at other venues in the White House. The Oval Office is a tough sell for the President since he disliked the last one and the polls showed it changed zero people's minds. They like the East Room/Cross Hall and the Diplomatic Room. East Room would be easier to invite Republicans as an audience.

12:34 p.m. ET, January 23, 2019

Trump pens letter Pelosi: "I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th"

The White House just released a letter from President Trump to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding the State of the Union address. 

The President said he will be “fulfilling my constitutional duty” and that he looks “forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives.”

 Read the full letter below:

12:00 p.m. ET, January 23, 2019

White House: If Pelosi disinvites Trump from State of the Union "all options are on table"

From CNN's Jim Acosta 

A White House official said the White House staff is continuing to look at a variety of options for President Trump’s speech next Tuesday, including speeches at the White House or perhaps outside of Washington. The official declined to shed light on what specifically is being discussed. 

“If the speaker disinvites, all options are on table,” the official said. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not disinvited Trump from speaking at the US Capitol next Tuesday. However, last week, she sent Trump a letter asking him to postpone the speech until after the shutdown is over.

The official noted that there could be some wiggle room for Trump as a way out of the shutdown standoff. But the official warned Trump will not “cave” on the wall. 

“He’ll deal, but not cave,” the official added. 

1:23 p.m. ET, January 23, 2019

Trump and Pelosi haven't spoken in two weeks, aide says

From CNN's Manu Raju

President Donald Trump has not spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi since the January 9 meeting that Trump abruptly left in the White House, according to an aide familiar with the matter.

A congressional aide also confirmed that the President has not spoken to Sen. Chuck Schumer since that January meeting. 

11:36 a.m. ET, January 23, 2019

Trump never responded to Nancy Pelosi's State of the Union request, her office says

From CNN's Joe Johns, Jeremy Diamond and Ashley Killough

The Speaker of the House's office said the White House never responded in writing to Nancy Pelosi's letter suggesting the State of the Union be postponed until after the shutdown.

Also of note: Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill also told CNN that the speaker has never received an official acceptance of the initial invitation to the President to deliver the speech January 29, after she initially invited Trump to do so on January 3, the first day of the new Congress.

Where Trump stands: The White House yesterday said it is forging ahead with plans for Trump to deliver his State of the Union address at the Capitol next week, as it had originally been scheduled.

11:27 a.m. ET, January 23, 2019

Your daily TSA check: More than double the usual number of employees are calling out

Passengers wait in a TSA line at JFK airport on Jan. 9

The Transportation Security Administration has released its numbers for Tuesday. Nationwide, 7.4% of TSA employees called out, up from 3.2% a year earlier. That figure is similar to the unschedule absent rate the TSA saw on Monday.

"Many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations," the TSA said in a statement.

Wait times continue to be reasonable nationwide, with 99.9% of travelers waiting less than 30 minutes to get through security. But there are pockets of problems at individual airports. In Atlanta and Boston, maximum wait times surpassed half an hour.

10:57 a.m. ET, January 23, 2019

Democratic congressman: It's "highly unlikely" the State of the Union will happen during the shutdown

From CNN's Lauren Fox 

Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries told reporters this morning that it’s “highly unlikely” the State of the Union will happen in the House amid the government shutdown.

“It’s absolutely not clear in terms of what the President’s intention is, but I can say that unless the government reopened, it is highly unlikely that the State of the Union is going to take place on the floor of the United States House of Representatives.”

What this is all about: Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wrote President Tump a letter asking him to change the date of the State of the Union address because of the shutdown.

That letter did not call off the State of the Union, but keep this in mind: It’s up to the House speaker's to invite the President to give the State of the Union. And while there’s no precedent for it (that we're aware of), if Pelosi decides the President shouldn’t give his State of the Union at the US Capitol, he won't.

10:36 a.m. ET, January 23, 2019

Democratic leaders to congress: Don't bring your family to Washington next week

From CNN's Manu Raju 

Both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have advised members NOT to bring family to Washington next week — an implication that the State of the Union is not going to happen, per source in a morning caucus meeting.

Members often invite spouses and other family to attend the State of the Union.

Last week, Pelosi wrote President Tump a letter asking him to change the date of the State of the Union address because of the shutdown.

But make no mistake: This is up to Pelosi. It’s the House speaker's prerogative to invite the President to give the State of the Union. While there’s no precedent for it (that we're aware of), if Pelosi decides the President shouldn’t go to the Capitol to speak on Jan. 29, the President will not go on Jan. 29