State of the Union Address Routine Makes Security Concerns

The State of the Union address is one of the most sensitive security challenges in America: The annual address puts the president, his Cabinet, members of Congress, military leaders, top diplomats and Supreme Court justices all in the same place at the same time for all the world to see.

Posted: Feb. 4, 2019 3:44 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State of the Union address is one of the most sensitive security challenges in America: The annual address puts the president, his Cabinet, members of Congress, military leaders, top diplomats and Supreme Court justices all in the same place at the same time for all the world to see.

Securing the State of the Union takes months of planning and coordination by multiple law enforcement agencies, led by the U.S. Secret Service.

This year, security was in the spotlight during the partial government shutdown, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited safety concerns as her reason for delaying President Donald Trump's speech.

But law enforcement officials said the shutdown would not have compromised security if the speech had gone forward as originally scheduled.

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