Just a short while ago, President Trump informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that just as the government shutdown prevented him from giving a State of the Union Address, that same shutdown prevented her using military aircraft for a taxpayer funded winter vacation.
JUST IN: President Trump informs Speaker Pelosi via letter that her foreign trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan "has been postponed" until after the government shutdown is over, unless she uses commercial travel. pic.twitter.com/OlkuQUKKA6
— Joe Kelley (@talkradiojoe) January 17, 2019
Some on our side don’t understand why he did this, they’d rather he had given a thirty-seven point PowerPoint presentation on something
I don't get the logic of Trump denying Pelosi her trip. Why not just point out that her trip will require massive logistical support — and that she'll get it — and that she's obviously lying about SOTU?
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 17, 2019
(There is, by the way, an easy and obvious answer to all of Shapiro’s objection. No one in the media cares about Pelosi lying. No one anywhere cares about the cost. She took a public slap at Trump with her wrinkled little hands and he is taking a swipe right back.)
The real golden part to the cancellation is that she was literally, actually on the bus waiting to head for Joint Base Andrews.
Pelosi has been scheduled to visit Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan alongside other with other lawmakers. They were seen waiting on a bus outside a House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon when White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the president’s letter.
Pelosi was supposed to depart for her trip that Trump cancelled at 3pm EST. About 40 mins before it was to depart.
— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) January 17, 2019
White House sources tell @CBSNews the military aircraft flying Pelosi overseas was due to take off at 3pmET.
Trump's letter 'postponing' the trip was released by the White House at 2:12pET.
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) January 17, 2019
The reactions from the left are utterly hilarious:
By denying Pelosi's trip to Egypt and Afghanistan, Trump is:
– Disclosing a trip that wasn't public.
– Turning our troops into pawns.
– Suggesting the woman third in line to the presidency fly commercial to a war zone.
Forget playing chess. This guy is eating his own pieces.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 17, 2019
What? Revealing a trip that is not going to be taken is now a thing? And the only way our troops would be used as pawns would be if the wizened, desiccated old harpy actually showed up in Afghanistan.
Pelosi was supposed to leave right now for her CoDel. This is a petty — and useless — move by POTUS. DoD is funded; there was no security risk with her trip, until POTUS revealed it to the world. Now she can’t fly commercial even if she wanted to.
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) January 17, 2019
The “holy sh**, this guy is so stupid his hair must hurt” award goes here
The difference between Pelosi cancelling an in-chamber State of the Union, and Trump cancelling a CODEL trip is…I’m not sure Trump can do that.
The Legislative Branch and the Department of Defense are both fully funded. Do Presidents have CODEL veto authority?
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 17, 2019
The CODEL wasn’t cancelled. The military aircraft were. Last I looked, Trump, not Pelosi, is commander-in-chief.
BREAKING: Trump just sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi saying he won’t let her fly on a US Gov’t plane to Afghanistan, said she could fly commercially into a war-zone. This trip wasn’t public, Trump leaked it in this letter, making it unsafe. Trump is the biggest danger to America.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 17, 2019
Pelosi's trip to Afghanistan had been a closely held secret due to security concerns, of course. Very few people knew she was heading there. @SteveScalise mentioned Pelosi was headed to Brussels in his presser this morning, which angered Dems.
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) January 17, 2019
To be clear, Trump just described an official trip to visit American service members in Afghanistan as “an excursion” and told the woman second in line to the Presidency to fly commercial into a war zone. #Unpresidented#EndTrumpShutdown
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) January 17, 2019
ONLY Trump would call Congressional leaders going to visit our troops in a war zone "a public relations event." That all he knows – showing support for troops is just about "what people saying about ME?" He can't imagine someone going to benefit troops. https://t.co/WsWxWSCbwN
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 17, 2019
Back away from the tentacle porn, Kurt, it’s rotting your brain.
This isn’t government but it is freakin hilarious. The withdrawal of the invitation tendered to Trump to give the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress, and lying about the reason, was a chickensh** act by a chickensh** person. Trump’s retaliation isn’t going to put Pelosi in much of a mood to negotiate but I’m not sure that is a big deal. She’ll move when enough of her members start to complain. Trump, on the other hand, doesn’t have to worry about a restive caucus. He just has to decide to veto whatever is sent to him unless he gets what he wants.
Pelosi’s cheerleaders are so freakin pathetic. The best they have is that Trump revealed a trip that Pelosi isn’t taking and as Pelosi isn’t flying anywhere overseas via commercial…that is just so plebian and un-royal…the idea that she was going on this trip anyway is just laughable. Hopefully, Pelosi, at least, learned a valuable life lesson from this about trying to troll the master.