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Nancy Pelosi revokes Trump invitation for State of the Union

January 23, 2019 GMT

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she won’t let President Trump deliver his State of the Union address from the House chamber next week, upping a tit-for-tat battle of wills between the two.

Mrs. Pelosi was responding just hours after Mr. Trump said he still planned to go through with his speech on Jan. 29.

The Democratic leader said she won’t allow it.

“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 government has opened,” she wrote.

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Such a resolution is usually adopted without opposition,but Democrats are intent on denying Mr. Trump the platform this year that’s presented by a speech to Congress.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy began a Twitter campaign to try to pressure Mrs. Pelosi, asking people to retweet his post if they agreed the president should be allowed to speak from the Capitol.

Earlier in the day he’d said Mrs. Pelosi’s stance was “just playing politics.”

Mrs. Pelosi has called Mr. Trump’s demand for a border wall immoral and has said she won’t engage in negotiations with him while the government is shut down.

Her move to deny him the platform of the House dais is an escalation of her no negotiations stance.

Mr. Trump, told of her move by reporters at the White House, said he’ll have to work up an official response but said Mrs. Pelosi has been captured by her party’s left wing.

“I’m not surprised. It’s really a shame what’s happening with the Democrats,” he said.

“This will go on for awhile,” he added.