President Trump said Thursday he was canceling an upcoming overseas trip for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi due to the government shutdown, just a day after Pelosi threatened to cancel Trump’s State of the Union address later this month.
Pelosi, D-Calif., was scheduled to travel to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan for seven days, but Trump informed Pelosi in a letter Thursday the trip was canceled. Trump indicated he was canceling Pelosi’s access to a government or military plane for the trip, as he suggested Pelosi might still attend if she were to fly commercial.
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” 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 you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Trump added. “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. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”