Trump Strikes Back At Pelosi

An end to the government shutdown looked more distant than ever on Thursday after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Afghanistan.

The White House publicly released a terse letter informing Pelosi that her planned travel had been “postponed,” shortly after Trump ordered the Pentagon to cancel her Air Force flight to the country. A bus carrying several House Democrats who were to accompany Pelosi was preparing to leave for the airport at the time.

The extraordinary affront appeared to be payback for Pelosi’s request that Trump postpone his annual State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 29, though White House officials insisted it wasn’t a tit-for-tat. Pelosi, in her Wednesday letter to Trump, suggested that the partial government shutdown, soon to enter its second month, would create security concerns — a claim the Trump administration contested.

The dueling moves further personalized the shutdown standoff, which centers on Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to fund a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, and suggested that a Trump-Pelosi relationship that has stayed more or less cordial might be plunging into open hostility.

That could make it even more difficult for the president and his House Democratic rival to strike some kind of face-saving bargain that would resume paychecks for 800,000 federal employees — and many more contract workers — who have not been paid in weeks.

“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” Trump wrote in his letter to Pelosi. “We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.” Pelosi’s delegation was actually scheduled to return Tuesday, after only six days of travel.

In his letter, the president called on Pelosi to remain in Washington during the shutdown, adding that lawmakers are welcome to travel abroad on commercial flights.

5 comments
  1. IF PELOSI THINKS SHE BHAS MORE POWER THAT THE PRESIDENT > THAT SHOW EVERY BODY HOW IGNORANT SHE IS>>>>: HER POWER IS ONLY TO SAY WHAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAN DO>>:
    TELL HER THE PRESIDENT CONTROL THE MILITARY> THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH>>THEN TELL HER SHE WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT >:

  2. I want the left wing lib democrats to get back to running the business of the United States and quit fighting Donald Trump just for spite. He is the President and the programs he is trying to initiate are necessary for the welfare of our nation. Pelosi and Schumer quit harassing POTUS and let him get down to the business of running OUR country, yours and mine, and you quit acting like spoiled brats. I’m finally fed up with your antics.

  3. I say build the wall if it works. But building the wall isn’t going to work. They already digging tunnels that means it a waste of money. Dont build something that not going to work. Use the money for something eles . I dont want the wall i could care less. Just reopen the government so the people of America can get paid.

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