President Trump stopped Nancy Pelosi from using a military plane for an overseas trip, after the Democratic leader’s suggestion he postpones the State of the Union address during the partial government shutdown.
Trump told Pelosi in a letter that her trip to Belgium, Egypt, and Afghanistan, which he derided as a “public relations event,” would be postponed, citing the shutdown that has entered its 27th day.
The weekend trip had not been announced before Trump released his letter. Lawmakers often do not publicize foreign trips before they occur for security reasons, particularly when the trips involve a war zone as in this case.
(SHOW PIC WHILE I READ) Trump’s letter said quote “Due to the shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed,”
Trump told Pelosi she could still make the trip by flying commercial.
On Wednesday, Pelosi had written to Trump suggesting he postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union address because of security concerns during the shutdown.
The government has been partially shut since Dec. 22, in a standoff triggered by Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which Democrats oppose.