President Trump canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s access to a government or military plane for a planned overseas trip to Brussels and Afghanistan. Trump’s letter was in response to Speaker Pelosi’s asking the president to delay his State of the Union address because of the partial government shutdown.
Trump’s move was an escalation of a fight between Trump and Pelosi over the ongoing shutdown and left her and other lawmakers who were slated to travel overseas stuck in the Capitol, as a bus that was scheduled to take them to their flight remained stalled outside a House office building.
Pelosi was scheduled to travel to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan for several days, but Trump informed Pelosi in a letter Thursday the trip was canceled. Trump indicated he was canceling Pelosi’s access to a government or military plane for the trip, as he suggested Pelosi might still attend if she were to fly commercial….
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” Trump wrote. “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,” Trump added.