It was a case of ‘Two can play that game’ between President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
In the midst of the record breaking Government shutdown, Pelosi had urged the President to postpone his State of the Union address.
In typical Trump fashion, the President hit right back, postponing the speaker’s trip to Belgium, Egypt and Pakistan.
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over,” the President said in a letter.
What this means is that Trump has refused to grant the Speaker the normal military transportation that is afforded to the House speaker or congressional delegations when they travel abroad.
“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. I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security Movement to end the Shutdown,” said the President, although he added that if she wanted to go via a commercial flight, she was more than welcome to it.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” he wrote.
“I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous southern border finally receive the attention, funding and security it so desperately deserves!”