Donald Trump says he won't deliver the State of the Union address until the government shutdown is over after all. He made the announcement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked him from making the speech in Congress.
US President Donald Trump said late Wednesday he would wait until the partial government shutdown has ended before delivering his State of the Union address following a standoff with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Traditionally, the president's annual speech is made before a joint session of Congress in the ornate chamber of the House of Representatives. But Pelosi told Trump the Democrat-controlled House would not authorize the address in the chamber until the government had reopened.
The Republican-controlled Senate is due to hold two votes on Thursday on competing proposals to end the shutdown, but neither option is expected to reach the 60-vote threshold. The proposal from the Democrats would fund the government until February 8 but not include funding for a border wall. The offer from the Republicans would give Trump money for the wall and grant a temporary extension of protections for so-called Dreamers — those who came illegally to the US as children.