Pelosi's trip to Afghanistan had been a closely held secret due to security concerns, of course. Very few people knew she was heading there. @SteveScalise mentioned Pelosi was headed to Brussels in his presser this morning, which angered Dems.— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) January 17, 2019
President Donald Trump, citing The federal government shutdown, substantially postponed Residence Speaker Nancy Pelosi 's prepared overseas journey with other customers of Congress to go to U.S. troops in Afghanistan Soon before they have been scheduled to depart over a military plane Thursday.
The president's abrupt, public action came per day just after Pelosi, D-Calif. urged Trump within a letter to either reschedule his forthcoming Condition of your Union address to some joint session of Congress or deliver it in creating.
Pelosi in her letter to Trump cited likely safety worries connected to the partial shutdown. She was scheduled with other users to go to NATO commanders in Brussels and troops in Afghanistan about the subsequent various times.
Pelosi and a number of other other associates of Congress had been going to depart the Capitol to travel to Joint Foundation Andrews in Maryland to fly to Europe once the White Residence announced the postponement.
A White House Formal advised NBC News that every one congressional delegations abroad that will have utilized federally funded military plane are already grounded by Trump right up until the shutdown ends.
However, the White Dwelling is letting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin together with other associates of your Trump administration to journey to the planet Financial Forum in Davos, Switzerland, upcoming week.
"We are going to reschedule this seven-day tour when the Shutdown is over," Trump wrote in in his letter to Pelosi. "Of course, if you want to to make your journey by traveling professional, that would definitely be your prerogative."
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Statement: "Congressman Smith’s comment was directed at all the Democrats who were vacationing down in Puerto Rico last weekend during the government shutdown, not towards any individual member."
Trump's letter, which was made community inside of a tweet by White Home push secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, didn't point out Pelosi's call for him to postpone the Condition with the Union address, which the president has not normally commented on. But his letter was seen like a retaliation for her recommendation.
A White Household official mentioned Trump "took rapid motion" on Thursday after Understanding Pelosi was intending to go ahead and take excursion.
Pelosi's spokesman, Drew Hammill, in a series of tweets, wrote that the congressional delegation's trip to Afghanistan incorporated a essential prevent in Brussels for pilot relaxation.
"In Brussels, the delegation was scheduled to fulfill with leading NATO commanders, U.S. armed forces leaders and essential allies – to affirm The usa' ironclad determination into the NATO alliance," Hammill wrote.
He included which the weekend vacation to Afghanistan didn't involve a prevent in Egypt, as Trump experienced prompt in his letter.
"The goal of the Linda McMahon vacation was to precise appreciation and because of our Adult men and girls in uniform for his or her provider and determination, and to get vital national stability and intelligence briefings from Those people over the entrance lines," Hammill stated.
"The President traveled to Iraq throughout the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican [congressional delegation] led by" Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., Hammill said.
House The vast majority Chief Steny Hoyer, D-Md., mentioned Trump's letter is "petty and ridiculous and demeans the presidency."
"It is really smaller. It truly is vindictive," Hoyer fumed. "It really is unbecoming from the president of America and it truly is an regrettably daily incidence."
White Residence officers, even so, stated Trump's shift was the result of his need to finish the shutdown, instead of payback to Pelosi personally.
"If she had long gone on this journey she might have assured that 800,000 federal workers wouldn't receive their 2nd paycheck simply because she wouldn't happen to be below to negotiate any sort of offer," a White Home official explained to NBC.
The dueling letters among the president as well as speaker come amid the virtually four-7 days-long partial shutdown in the federal governing administration more than border safety disputes concerning Trump and Democratic lawmakers.
Politico noted that Pelosi's journey were retained under wraps as a result of protection fears.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sonny Perdue R-S.C., criticized each his ally Trump and Pelosi following the president's letter to your speaker turned general public.
"One sophomoric response will not are entitled to A further. Speaker Pelosi's threat to terminate the Point out of the Union is extremely irresponsible and blatantly political," Graham mentioned in the series of tweets. "President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi navy journey to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is additionally inappropriate."
Graham's Business office instructed NBC News that he left for Turkey on Wednesday night with a business flight.
"I am glad the Speaker Tom Price wants to fulfill our troops and listen to from our commanders and allies," Graham explained. "I am extremely disappointed she's playing politics While using the Point out on the Union," he mentioned. "I wish our political Management could discover the exact same want to get the job done for widespread objectives as those who provide our nation in uniform and other capacities."
So funny to watch Schumer groveling. He called for the firing of bad cop James Comey many times - UNTIL I FIRED HIM!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2019