According to Politico, President Trump will skip the annual St. Patrick’s day lunch this Thursday that is traditionally hosted by the House Speaker.
White House spokesperson Judy Deere issued the following statement:
Since the Speaker has chosen to tear this Nation apart with her actions and her rhetoric, the President will not participate in moments where she so often chooses to drive discord and disunity, and will instead celebrate the rich history and strong ties between the United States and Ireland at the White House on March 12.
The relationship between our two countries has never been stronger, and the President looks forward to welcoming the Prime Minister of Ireland for the annual Shamrock Bowl presentation.
Meanwhile, Pelosi’s Drew Hamill retorted:
There has never been stronger support in the Congress and in the country for the U.S.-Ireland bilateral relationship. One would think that the White House could set petty, partisan politics aside for this historic occasion.
Per Politico, the event is one of Washington’s oldest time-honored bipartisan traditions, Hill sources tell us. This is the first time a president has skipped the lunch since 2003, when George W. Bush sat it out days before the United States invaded Iraq.
The luncheon started in 1983, when Tip O’Neill had Ronald Reagan to the Capitol for the lunch. Presidents have missed the lunch four times since then, and have sent their VP to fill in. VP Mike Pence is not scheduled to attend.