President Donald Trump says he will deliver a speech to Congress next week, despite calls from top Democrats for it to be postponed over security risks.
Trump insists the State of the Union will happen on 29 January since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi already invited him to address Congress this month. Pelosi said that was before the shutdown dragged into day 33.
The president told reporters on Wednesday that Pelosi had cancelled the speech “because she doesn’t want to hear the truth”.
“She’s afraid of the truth,” Mr Trump said. “She doesn’t want the American public to see what’s going on.”
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