Reports: Maxine Waters To Skip Trump’s Address To Joint Session Of Congress

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) is the first member of Congress to announce she will skip President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, according to two reports.

ABC’s Ben Siegel first reported that Waters would skip the speech. The Hill later confirmed with Waters’ office that she would not attend. The congresswoman’s chief of staff has not immediately responded to TPM’s request for further comment.

Waters was also one in a large group of congresspeople to skip Trump’s inauguration.

The congresswoman from Los Angeles has been incredibly critical of Trump in the past, saying in early February that that the President’s actions in office would lead him “right into impeachment.”

“I have not called for the impeachment yet. He’s doing it himself,” Waters explained later, referring to the statement. “Let me just say that the statement I made is a statement in response to questions and pleas that I’m getting from many citizens across this country. What are we going to do? How can a President who is acting in the manner that he’s acting?”

Waters was called members of Trump’s administration a “a bunch of scumbags” last week.

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