Whitmer moves State Of The state speech due to conflict with Trump address

Lansing via DetroitNews.com — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday she plans to move her first State of the State address to Feb. 12 so she can avoid a conflict with President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.

Whitmer had been scheduled to deliver her remarks before a joint session of the Michigan Legislature on Feb. 5, the same night Trump is now expected to deliver his annual address after accepting a Monday invitation by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  

“I think both speeches are incredibly important, and I want to make sure the public has an opportunity to absorb both," Whitmer told reporters at an unrelated event in Lansing.

State House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said he is considering the Democratic governor's request, which would require approval of a concurrent resolution in the House and Senate.

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