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

Former White House adviser Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonRatcliffe, Schiff battle over Biden emails, politicized intelligence Juan Williams: Trump's search for dirt falls flat Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden 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 PelosiMnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' On The Money: Trump makes a late pitch on the economy | US economy records record GDP gains after historic COVID-19 drop | Pelosi eyes big COVID-19 deal in lame duck Pelosi challenger calls delay on COVID-19 relief bill the 'privilege of politics' 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.