Stacey Abrams to deliver response to Trump's State of the Union

The Democratic Party has chosen Stacey Abrams to deliver their response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union.

"Three weeks ago, I called Stacey Abrams and asked her to deliver the response to the State of the Union, I was very delighted when she agreed," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said during an announcement Tuesday.

Schumer called Abrams a "great spokesperson" and "incredible leader."

"When you look at her background, she knows what working class people, middle-class people go through," he said.

On Monday, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed that he would deliver his State of the Union speech on Feb. 5, a week later than originally scheduled because of the partial government shutdown.

"It is my great honor to accept," Trump said in a letter to Pelosi. "We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve!"

The speech had initially been scheduled for Jan. 29, but Pelosi postponed it amid what turned into a 35-day partial government shutdown over Trump's demand for border wall funding. It was the first known time that a speaker had rescinded an invitation to deliver the State of the Union.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.