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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address during the government shutdown.

We are now 26 days into the shutdown, the longest in history, and Pelosi has requested that Trump skip the address or deliver it in writing.

"Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th," Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump.

Democrats want to focus on putting an end to the shutdown.

“This shutdown is ridiculous and the people tasked with protecting him and protecting us are not getting a paycheck.So it’s inappropriate to carry on with business as usual," said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)

The last time Trump addressed the country, he used it as an opportunity to raise funds for his campaign and try to shift blame onto the Democrats.

Trump and Congress have been at an impasse for weeks as Trump refuses to sign any bill unless it includes $5.7 billion for the construction of some 200 miles of wall at the US-Mexico border.

Trump is likely to continue with his plans to address the nation, and will no doubt attempt to whip up panic amongst the general public.