Shortly after Nancy Pelosi was elected House Speaker, she said the Constitution vested her with enough authority to make her equal to President Trump.
She snapped back to reality on Thursday when she found out that Trump had the power to cancel her seven-day public relations visit to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan.
Axios reports: “On Wednesday, Pelosi sent Trump a letter asking him to delay his State of the Union address until the government shutdown is resolved, citing security concerns. Today, Trump used the same reasoning to inform Pelosi that he will postpone her planned 7-day overseas trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan.”
In the letter, Trump wrote to Pelosi: “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,” the president continued.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” he concluded. “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.”
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The letter came after Pelosi tried to have Trump delay his State of the Union speech. She said the Department of Homeland Security was not adequately equipped to handle the security of the event (a claim Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen later refuted).
Shortly after news of Trump canceling the flight broke, some people took to social media to express that they thought the cancellation was hilarious.
Then, people began uploading photos and videos of the fallout.
As BizPac Review reports, carts of what appears to be Pelosi’s luggage were hauled back into the Capitol, next to her office.
Videos and photos of what appears to be Pelosi’s luggage cart being returned to her office fueled Twitter hilarity.
A cart marked “Codel Pelosi” (Congressional Delegate) shows bags of luggage sitting in the empty hallways of Congress. Nancy had packed her luggage for a 7-day trip to Belgium and Afghanistan.
Pelosi and the Democratic members who were planning to accompany her on the international trip reportedly found out their flight was canceled while they were on the bus en route to the international airport. So, it made a u-turn and returned the members to their offices:
As ABC News reports, Trump’s decision to cancel Pelosi’s flight was not without criticism—including some from his own party:
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a frequent Trump ally, released a statement calling the back-and-forth “sophomoric.”
“One sophomoric response does not deserve another. 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,” Graham said.
“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,” he continued. “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.”