In 2015, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) Congressional delegation, or CODEL, to Italy and Ukraine cost taxpayers nearly $185,000.
New documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed how Pelosi has used the taxpayer-funded trips to enjoy plenty of luxury.
“The documents show that from July 30 to August 6, Pelosi took a trip to Milan, Rome and Naples, Italy, and Kiev, Ukraine, for herself, her husband, several members of congress and their spouses,” Judicial Watch reported.
The report added: “The Italy trip included Milan, Rome and Naples with visits to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Duomo and viewing Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper.’”
The report comes one day after President Donald Trump canceled Pelosi’s CODEL to Afghanistan and other countries amid the government shutdown.
In a letter to Pelosi, Trump wrote:
“Dear Madame Speaker:
Due to the shutdown, 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. 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. 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 by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative."
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton claimed Pelosi has a reputation for overspending when taxpayers are footing the bill.
“Speaker Pelosi has a demonstrated record of abusing the perks of office that give her access to military luxury travel paid for by taxpayers,” Fitton said in a statement.
During just a two-year period, Pelosi’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59, according to Judicial Watch. Even worse, $101,429.14 of it was for in-flight expenses like food and alcohol.
Looks like Trump's decision to cancel's Pelosi's trip saved taxpayers a lot of cash.