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.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republican leaders are held a news conference today. Watch their remarks in the player above.
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.”
The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.