Bannon says Trump should delay State of the Union until after impeachment trial

Former White House adviser Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon says Trump should delay State of the Union until after impeachment trial Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran Authorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report MORE called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE to delay the State of the Union until after the impeachment trial in the Senate.

Bannon told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the president should push back the annual address until after he is acquitted so that there is no hovering uncertainty regarding impeachment.

“He will be acquitted and exonerated,” Bannon said. “That should happen. And then he should do the State of the Union because the whole world will watch this.”

“President Trump’s got a great saying, ‘No games,’” he added. “This is all game playing by the Democrats. That’s got to be brought to an end.”

Bannon accused Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE (D-Calif.) of planning to delay the Senate impeachment trial by withholding the articles from the upper chamber to allow Democrats to collect more evidence and to ensure the president makes his speech amid uncertainty.

“The other is that she wants him to have a State of the Union where there’s some uncertainty,” he said. “After it’s all over, after he’s been exonerated, then he goes before the world at the State of the Union and lays out the State of the Union and the state of this world.”

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Pelosi has said she has withheld the articles of impeachment in order to get information on how the Senate trial will be run. The House impeached Trump on the articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in December.

Last year, the president announced he would push back the annual speech until after the longest partial government shutdown ended. Pelosi had previously announced she would prevent him from delivering his speech until the government reopened.