Nancy Pelosi to Trump: State of the Union is off while government is shut down


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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuffed President Donald Trump on, saying she would not allow him to deliver his State of the Union in the House chamber while the government is shut down.
Trump had insisted earlier in a letter that he was planning on presenting his annual address from the chamber of the US House next week as planned, essentially daring the body's top Democrat to formally disinvite him from delivering the yearly message.
Hours later, Pelosi appeared to take the dare, saying she would refuse to bring up for a vote a measure that would allow Trump to speak.
"I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until the government has opened," Pelosi wrote.
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