‘Hawaii has airports and airlines and telephones, so the communication is good…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defended her recent vacation to Hawaii, which she took despite the Democratic Party’s inability to resolve the ongoing government shutdown.
President Donald Trump criticized Pelosi and other Democratic leaders for leaving Washington during the shutdown while he stayed behind. Over the holiday, Trump tweeted that he was “all alone” in Washington and “waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal.”
I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2018
In an interview with NBC, Pelosi deflected Trump’s criticism by saying the president wasn’t aware that Hawaii is in the U.S. and that communication was still possible.
“The president may not know this, but Hawaii is part of the United States of America; maybe he doesn’t realize that,” she said. “That’s why he said Barack Obama was born in the United States when he was born in Hawaii.”
“Hawaii has airports and airlines and telephones, so the communication is good,” she added.
Pelosi defended the trip and said that the shutdown still “cut in half” her time with family over the holidays.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took a jab at Pelosi’s vacation.
“Nancy Pelosi needs to come back from Hawaii. Less hula, more moola for the [Department of Homeland Security] and Customs and Border Patrol,” Conway told Fox News Sunday.
“They need to come to the table and do their job,” she added. “A fully functioning democracy demands that both parties come together and that the Congress and the executive branch work together.”
Trump echoed Conway’s sentiments questioning Democrats’ priorities throughout the holidays: “From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime and our military!” he wrote on Twitter.