Washington: President Donald Trump Thursday announced that he would delay his State of the Union address until a crippling government shutdown ends, backing down in a major spat with the Democrats over his plan to build a controversial border wall along the US-Mexico border.
His announcement came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rescinded an invitation for him to deliver the speech in the House Chamber. A row between Trump and the Democrats over border security has led to the longest government shutdown in US history. Trump is demanding USD 5.7 billion of congressional funding to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, but newly empowered Democrats have refused. Some 800,000 federal employees have been going unpaid since December 22 due to the shutdown.
Trump announcing his decision said it was Pelosi’s “prerogative” to suggest a later date.