Trump sends letter canceling Pelosi trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on January 17, 2019. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNN) — President Donald Trump responded Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s letter suggesting they reschedule his State of the Union address by informing Pelosi that an apparent trip she had planned to “Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed” while the government shutdown continues.

It was not immediately clear what trip Trump was referring to as Pelosi had yet to publicly announce a trip to those countries, or whether Trump has the authority to prevent the California Democrat from traveling abroad on government aircraft.

The White House released Trump’s letter to Pelosi, a day after the House speaker had sent the President a letter suggesting they reschedule his planned State of the Union address scheduled for later this month until the government shutdown is resolved.

“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” Trump wrote Pelosi on Thursday. “We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over.”

The President of the United States has the authority to direct the Defense Department to not use military assets to support a congressional delegation to military theaters. This support includes air transport and additional security procedures.

It was not immediately clear whether the Defense Department was notified of the decision prior to the President’s announcement.


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  • steve

    Actually, Trump gave Pelosi an opportunity to deny her intentions. Either she, or someone in the media, will come up with a lie telling the public that she wasn’t really planning to go now that the entire country is in dire straits and was going to cancel the trip before she got Trump’s letter. It’s too bad that Trump didn’t wait until she was on the way to the airport to tell her.

    • C

      Why would she get out of town? Just like her trip to Hawaii at the end of December, she wants to avoid any dialogue dealing with the shutdown or the southern border.


    #45 is the biggest Cry Baby, If I do not get my way I am going to punish you.
    What a Ass#
    Impeach the jerk for the collusion he has with his twin brother” Putin” , for sexual misconduct, etc, etc.

    • steve

      Wings, do the words “tell Vladimir that after I’m reelected I’ll have more flexibility” ring a bell with you? That sounds a lot closer to a hint at.collusion of buddies than Trump’s ever said.

  • darby

    Typica; comments from the Socialist Dems, instead of coming up with VIABLE alternative ideas, they resort to name calling and feeble minded expressions. They (Dems) haven’t come up with anything to solve the border problem, and they want to make sure nobody else does either.

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