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United States shutdown: Trump defies Pelosi over Congress speech

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Bennie Garza | 26 January, 2019, 21:46

FILE - President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 30, 2018.

Pelosi had asked Trump to delay the speech until after the shutdown, but the White House tried to ignore the request, announcing Trump would move forward with the January 29 date.

CNN anchor Don Lemon called out President Trump for what he said was an attempt to "demean" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Ms Pelosi told Mr Trump on Wednesday that the House will not approve a resolution allowing him to come until the government reopens.

The spat about where the annual political set-piece will be staged is a sideshow to the struggle between the White House and Democrats in Congress over partial government shutdown now in its 33rd day. "This will go on for awhile. Ultimately the American people will have their way because they want to see no crime, they want to see what we're doing".

US President Donald Trump says he will not deliver his annual State of the Union speech until after the government shutdown is over.

She emphasized that the Democrat-controlled House passed spending bills almost identical to those passed earlier by the Senate.

He added that she "then changed her mind because of the shutdown, suggesting a later date". Earlier on Wednesday, MR Trump tried to brush aside Mrs Pelosi's concerns and said he planned to deliver the address before the US Congress as scheduled next Tuesday.

Pelosi last week cited the impact of the ongoing shutdown on the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service. An alternative speech or rally also would have been a hard sell for television networks, which took heat earlier this month for airing the president's prime-time Oval Office address in which he largely rehashed his case for a southern border wall.

Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections and have blocked the President's plans.

"The president's decision to delay the State of the Union speech is an unprecedented moment of realism in the life of a man who has always promoted himself as a fantasy figure who always wins at everything", said D'Antonio, the author of "The Truth About Trump".

The clash between two of Washington's most powerful leaders escalated the standoff that has partly closed the government for 33 days and that threatens the U.S. economy and the livelihoods of about 800,000 federal workers.

Trump has proposed having Congress fund his $5.7 billion demand for a border wall with Mexico in exchange for temporary deportation relief for some immigrants, including young immigrants who came to the US illegally with their parents. It would reopen federal agencies, revamp immigration laws and provide $5.7 billion to start building his prized border wall with Mexico - a project Democrats consider an ineffective, wasteful monument to a ridiculous Trump campaign promise. But the president essentially called a retreat from the latest battle in his feud with Speaker Nancy Pelosi by being the first to swerve in a high-stakes game of chicken.

In a letter to Trump she said that "there was no thought that the government would still be shut down" when she originally invited him on January 3.

Trump has been presented with a series of options for making the address and is expected to decide within the next day or so, said a person familiar with White House discussions but not authorized to speak publicly about them. "Are we afraid of talking about the number of illegal aliens who were stopped or drugs from coming in in places like Tucson and San Diego and tell them that walls have been erected successfully", she said.

North Carolina's House speaker, Tim Moore, invited Trump to deliver the speech in the North Carolina House chamber.

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