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Trump plays State of the Union chicken with Nancy Pelosi

President Trump walking in Oval office
Trump wants to carry on with the State of the Union address as normal. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

President Trump said in a letter to House leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday that he plans to honor Pelosi’s original invitation to deliver the State of the Union address in the House Chamber on Jan. 29.

The state of play: Speaker Pelosi's letter to Trump last week urged him to postpone the speech, for security reasons, until after the government reopens. As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported Wednesday morning, the White House wants to make Pelosi go ahead with the speech or formally rescind the invitation.