Nancy Pelosi Postpone Afghanistan Visit, blames President Trump
January 19, 2019
Kabul- President Donald Trump and the White House’s revelation that Speaker Nancy Pelosi planned to travel to Afghanistan with other House members put the group in danger and forced them to scrap the trip entirely, Pelosi said Friday.
“We had the prerogative to travel commercially, and we made plans to do that until the administration then leaked that we were traveling commercially,” the California Democrat told reporters on Capitol Hill. “We weren’t going to go because we had a report from Afghanistan that the president outing our trip had made the scene on the ground much more dangerous, because it’s just a signal to the bad actors that we were coming.”
“You never give advance notice of going into a battle area — you just never do,” she continued. “Perhaps the president’s inexperience didn’t have him understand that protocol. The people around him, though, should have known that, because that’s very dangerous.”
After Trump decided to block Pelosi and other lawmakers from using a military jet for their official trip Thursday to visit troops overseas, the delegation was prepared to fly commercially, Pelosi spokesman said in a statement Friday morning.
A White House official flatly denied the charge. “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 official responded Friday.
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed,” Trump wrote. “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.”
Trump said that the delegation was welcome to fly commercially instead.
Meanwhile, first lady Melania Trump flew to Florida on Thursday on a government plane for a weekend vacation, according to a law enforcement source. The first lady, who often travels alone on a C32 for both personal and professional trips, is expected to be in West Palm Beach for the holiday weekend at the Trumps’ private Mar-a-Lago resort.