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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 BannonThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Trump denies Gaetz asked him for blanket pardon MORE called on President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict 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 PelosiWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict House GOP's McClain responds to Pelosi calling her 'that woman' GOP struggles to rein in nativism 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.