After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the decision to postpone his State of the Union address amid the ongoing government shutdown, President Donald Trump taught the Democrat a tough lesson.
Trump sent a letter directly to Pelosi on Thursday informing her that she would have to postpone her trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan, unless she uses commercial travel.
In the letter, 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.
I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it so desperately deserves.”
Clearly, the president was sending a clear message that Pelosi needs to be at the negotiating table, not overseas during the government shutdown.
Trump was able to make the bold countermove because Pelosi was planning on using military aircraft for the trip.
The move clearly rattle Democrats. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called President Trump's decision “petty and ridiculous.”
Meanwhile, Pelosi was being blasted for her political stunt to prevent Trump from delivering the State of the Union due to “security” concerns, even after the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security made it clear they are prepared for the event.
“I don’t care what they said,” Pelosi said of the Secret Service’s response to her false claims.
Who do you think is going to win the border security battle between Trump and Pelosi?