House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy supported Trump's move, "Why would she want to go overseas with the government shutdown, with people missing their paychecks?"
The trip did not include a stop in Egypt, he said.
Her spokesman, Drew Hammill, said that the Afghanistan trip included a pilot rest stop in Brussels, where the congressional delegation was to meet "top NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies – to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance."
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he was canceling an overseas trip she planned to take aboard a government aircraft this weekend, responding to a letter in which she suggested that they postpone the State of Union address until the shutdown ends.
Zeldin.” “The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation and thanks to our men and women in uniform for their service and dedication, and to obtain critical national security and intelligence briefings from those on the front lines,” he said. “The President traveled to Iraq during the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican [congressional delegation] led by Rep.
"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." "We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over," Trump wrote in his letter.
President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate. "One sophomoric response does not deserve another," Graham said on Twitter. "Speaker Pelosi's threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly politics.
Pelosi was set to travel to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan, according to Trump's letter, and reportedly planned to leave on Thursday.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) also was critical of Trump — as well as Pelosi. Sen.
He said Pelosi could still fly commercial, but "that would certainly be your prerogative."
Speaking to reporters, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called Trump's action "petty. It's vindictive." Trump's cancellation of Pelosi's trip was the latest sign that the clash between the White House and congressional Democrats has only grown more caustic. It's small.
Pelosi's overseas trip had not yet been publicly disclosed, apparently as a security precaution.
Trump waited more than 24 hours to respond to her letter.
A number of news outlets reported that the trip was still planned. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin is planning to bring a delegation to Davos, Switzerland this month for the World Economic Forum.
The House recessed on Thursday afternoon, and won't return until Tuesday. The shutdown is now in its 27th day. There is currently no visible sign that the impasse is anywhere near its end.
The trip also was to include other members of Congress, and an Air Force bus was even parked outside the House side of the Capitol, apparently to take them to the military plane.
In a press conference earlier on Thursday, she said Jan. 29 was "not a sacred date," nor was it constitutionally required. But she cited security concerns and the fact that so many security personnel are going without pay. 29, be rescheduled until after the shutdown is over. Pelosi wrote a letter to Trump on Wednesday in which she suggested that the State of the Union address, set for Jan.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) January 17, 2019
"I am glad the Speaker wants to meet our troops and hear from our commanders and allies. I am very disappointed she’s playing politics with the State of the Union. I wish our political leadership could find the same desire to work for common goals as those who serve our nation in uniform and other capacities."