Trump cancelled Nancy Pelosi’s trip overseas on a military jet this week which made a lot of sense. Why were Nancy and a bunch of other members of congress flying overseas on the taxpayer’s dime during the shutdown? Nancy claimed she had to go to Afghanistan to receive briefings? Why? What possible reason does she have for doing that especially during the shutdown? Members of Congress don’t make tactical or logistical decisions in Afghanistan. The president does that. Nancy belongs in Washington doing her job negotiating the end to this shutdown.
If you haven’t read the letter Trump wrote to her yet here it is.
Obviously, Nancy Pelosi is angry. But, if you read the letter Trump clearly said she is free to fly commercial.
She said she was going to. Then, she said she wasn’t because Trump allegedly leaked her commercial travel plans.
If that sounds ridiculous it’s cause it is. Of course she is lying. Why would Trump do that?
The White House responded to the accusation and left no question as to how true it was.
From Fox News:
The White House adamantly denied the leak allegation, calling it a “flat out lie.” And President Trump seemed to stand by his original decision a day earlier to revoke the military aircraft citing the need to negotiate a shutdown resolution.
A senior White House official told Fox News that the claim it leaked the commercial flight plans was “a flat out lie.”
“When the Speaker of the House and about 20 others from Capitol Hill decide to book their own commercial flights to Afghanistan, the world is going to find out. The idea we would leak anything that would put the safety and security of any American at risk is a flat out lie,” the official said.
Fox News is told that Pelosi received a message from State Department officials in Kabul that cited Afghan media reporting about the president’s suggestion to fly commercially. The cable, according to sources, noted the delegation had requested authorization to purchase the tickets over unclassified systems and advised that their travel would not be a secret. Urging her to postpone, the cable also noted that because few airlines fly into Kabul, their arrival time would also be easy to predict.
One official called the claims of a leak “asinine.”
Trump didn’t leak the commercial travel plans. We all know that. Pelosi is just scrambling because this is the first time she’s gone up against a Republican who actually fights back.
H/T Weasel Zippers