Republicans slam decision to block Trump speech

President Donald Trump speaks during a healthcare roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are blasting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to block President Donald Trump from delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress because of the government shutdown.

Pelosi told Trump Wednesday the House won’t approve a resolution allowing him to come until the government reopens.

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.”

President Donald Trump says he will do an “alternative” event since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has blocked him from giving his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress while the government remains partially shut down.

Trump at the White House Wednesday said the cancellation was a “disgrace.” He did not detail his next move, saying: “We will be announcing what we’re doing.”

The California Democrat told Trump in a letter Wednesday the Democratic-controlled House won’t pass the required measure for him to give the nationally televised speech from the House floor on Tuesday.

Trump said he was planning a “really important speech” and called Pelosi’s move a “great blotch on the country that we all love.” He argued Pelosi was blocking him because she doesn’t want to hear “the truth” about border security.

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