‘If you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative…’
(AFP) President Donald Trump clipped the wings of Democratic party leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, scrapping her foreign travel plans in a new twist to the government shutdown feud.
The flight was canceled only minutes before the Speaker and other members of Congress were set to depart, according to FoxNews.com.
Pelosi had suggested postponing Trump’s January 29 State of the Union address to Congress.
Although she cited the shutdown’s effect on security, she appeared to want to deny the president one of his chief annual moments in the limelight.
In a letter laced with sarcasm and accompanied by his dramatic signature, Trump responded in kind.
“I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over,” he wrote. “I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is appropriate.”
Trump said that Pelosi could still book her own non-government flights.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” he wrote.
The feud between Trump and Pelosi is just one facet of a political crisis sparked by the Democrats’ refusal to approve funding for a Trump project to build more walls along the US-Mexican border.
In an attempt to pressure Congress, Trump has refused to authorize funding for swaths of the government, leaving some 800,000 federal employees and many more government contractors without pay for nearly a month.
The Democrats and the White House blame each other for the impasse, with neither side showing any sign of backing down soon.
Sen. Lindsey Graham rebuked both leaders.
“One sophomoric response does not deserve another,” he said in a statement. “Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political. President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO, is also inappropriate.”
© Agence France-Presse. Liberty Headlines editor Paul Chesser contributed.