In a blatant act of retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request to postpone the State of the Union address until the federal government is reopened, President Donald Trump informed the Democratic leader on Thursday that he was postponing her scheduled diplomatic trip abroad.
According to CBS News, Trump wrote: "Due to the shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed.”
In a publicly released letter, Mr. Trump told the new House speaker he is postponing her trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan "due to the shutdown." A White House official told CBS News that Pelosi and other members of Congress were scheduled to leave for the trip shortly after 3 p.m. CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe reports Pelosi and her staff were preparing to load buses that would take them to Andrews Base for the trip. Pelosi was scheduled to take U.S. military transportation, which Mr. Trump has the ability to halt, a senior White House official told CBS News. Mr. Trump said Pelosi could still use commercial transportation for the trip.
"Due to the shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed," Mr. 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 that you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate."
CBS News' Olivia Gazis said Trump’s public announcement of Pelosi’s travel plans was irresponsible:
The speaker's trip was a closely held secret, and a source familiar with the situation stressed that it is irresponsible and reckless for Mr. Trump to tell the world Pelosi was headed to a war zone — particularly since the president was just in Iraq and saw how much care had to be taken to keep the trip secret and secure.