Trump says he'll give State of the Union address after shutdown ends

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WASHINGTON (AP) (1/23/2019) - President Donald Trump says he is postponing his State of the Union address until after "the Shutdown is over," following a standoff with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Trump says in a pair of tweets Wednesday night that he's not looking for an alternative venue "because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber."

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 Jan. 29 date.

But Pelosi blocked the move, telling the White House earlier Wednesday that the House would not approve a resolution allowing Trump to address a joint session of Congress.

Trump says he looks forward to giving a "great" speech "in the near future!"

Republicans are blasting Pelosi's decision to block Trump from delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress because of the government shutdown.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, said Pelosi's action "sets a new low for American politics." He called Pelosi's decision "absurd, petty and shameful," adding: "The judgment of history will not be kind."

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama said Pelosi's action "shows how radical and hyper-partisan the Democrats have become."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Trump should give the address as scheduled, saying Americans "should see their government leaders in the same room working to make our future brighter."

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