House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is said to be furious with President Donald Trump after he canceled her overseas junket. She was waiting on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews preparing to leave at 3 p.m. Thursday when her team got word.
Trump cancelled the trip until an agreement can be reached on border security. He noted the 800,000 workers who have not received pay, saying she can reschedule her trip at the end of the government shutdown.
“Due to the shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” said Trump in his letter.
Pelosi’s CoDel, meaning the government was paying for her flight, was scheduled to leave when they received word from the president, said Fox News White House Anchor John Roberts on Twitter.
“She will have to fly commercial,” said Roberts referring to Trump’s letter. “No military transportation.”
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) January 17, 2019
Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham said Pelosi’s request to postpone the State of The Union was inappropriate but so is Trump’s decision to cancel her trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan at the last minute.
NEW: @LindseyGrahamSC says: “One sophomoric response does not deserve another. @SpeakerPelosi ’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political. @realDonaldTrump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel is also inappropriate.
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) January 17, 2019
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, said on Twitter: “First it was Hawaii. Then it was Puerto Rico. Then it was using military aircraft to fly overseas…all while the government is shut down.”
First it was Hawaii. Then it was Puerto Rico. Then it was using military aircraft to fly overseas… all while the government is shut down.
Bravo to POTUS. The Speaker (and all members) should stay in Washington until Democrats can compromise and secure our southern border. https://t.co/XQE1lJ2qmc
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 17, 2019
However, a former aide to House Speaker Dennis Hastert suggested that Pelosi’s planned junket during the shutdown was a bad idea from the beginning.
She was slated to lead the congressional delegation and had a government plane ready to leave from Joint Base Andrews, which is the same departure point as Air Force One, according the reports.
(updated) Former aide to Speaker Hastert suggests Pelosi's planned junket during #shutdown was bad idea to begin with | Trump cancels Pelosi's jet to Brussels, blames government shutdown https://t.co/HLdBXS2PRo
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 17, 2019
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders posted the letter Thursday afternoon.
Twitter was buzzing with memes and news about the trip cancellation.
“‘Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,’ he wrote.” https://t.co/bcAepFZuPD
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) January 17, 2019