Tensions between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Donald Trump continue to rise. We're going on a month-long government shutdown over Trump's proposed border wall. We've seen a lot of back-and-forth between the two. But one thing Pelosi is not happy about? Trump grounding her Congressional Delegation's overseas trip a few days ago. Here's the thing though: she did it to herself when she sent a letter to Trump suggesting the State of the Union be postponed until the government shutdown ends.
Pelosi's spokesman came out and said President Trump endangered the Congressional Delegation by revealing details of the trip in his letter.
The CODEL to Afghanistan included a required stop in Brussels for pilot rest. In Brussels, the delegation was scheduled to meet with top NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies–to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance. (1/4)— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) January 17, 2019
This weekend visit to Afghanistan did not include a stop in Egypt. (2/4)— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) January 17, 2019
The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication, & to obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines. (3/4)— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) January 17, 2019
The President traveled to Iraq during the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican CODEL led by Rep. Zeldin. (4/4)— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) January 17, 2019
The White House is fighting back against that claim.
“When the speaker of the House and about 20 others from Capitol Hill decide to book their own commercial flights to Afghanistan, the world is going to find out,” a senior White House official told The Washington Times. “The idea we would leak anything that would put the safety and security of any American at risk is a flat-out lie.”