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California Dem boycotting Trump's address to Congress

California Dem boycotting Trump's address to Congress
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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore Waters10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump Congress must help find a faster solution to pay 10 Million past due rents Biden faces decision time on eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) says she will skip President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE’s address to Congress Tuesday night, according to ABC News.

.@MaxineWaters is skipping Trump's speech to Congress. Told caucus this morning that anyone who can't sit still shouldn't go, per sources.

— Ben Siegel (@benyc) February 28, 2017

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Waters's office confirmed to The Hill that she will not attend the speech, but denied that she has encouraged other members to skip as well.

The California Democrat similarly refused to attend Trump’s inauguration in January, saying she “never contemplated even going near any of those activities.” Nearly 70 other Democratic lawmakers also skipped the ceremony.

“I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and I don’t want to be involved with him,” Waters said at the time.

Waters has positioned herself as a staunch opponent of the president. She said earlier this month that her “greatest desire is to lead [Trump] right into impeachment.”

She later clarified that comment, saying that she meant the president's actions were leading him toward impeachment.

“I think he is leading himself into that kind of position, where folks will begin to ask, ‘What are we going to do?’” she said. “And the answer’s going to be, eventually, we’ve got to do something about him.”

So far, Waters is the only lawmaker to announce that she will boycott Trump’s first address to Congress.

- This story was updated at 11:39 a.m.