US President Donald Trump has canceled Friday an official trip abroad of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, due to the partial administrative closure.
Trump has communicated his decision to Pelosi in a letter, which comes just the day after Pelosi requested in a letter to the governor to postpone until the Government reopens the traditional speech on the State of the Union, scheduled for January 29.
“Due to the closure, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed,” said the president, who has invited Pelosi to “reschedule his seven-day trip by the end of the closure.”
“Due to closure, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed.”
If Pelosi wants to travel, Trump has continued, then the Democrat has the “prerogative” to “fly on a commercial airline” to the countries he planned to visit.
Pelosi had planned to use a military plane for his official trip abroad, as usual in this type of visits. However, as president, Trump has the authority to order the Department of Defense not to use its funds to facilitate travel of congressional delegations.
Trump has made his missive public only 45 minutes before the departure of Pelosi’s plane, whose departure time was 9:00 pm (mainland), according to Fox television.
In a statement, Drew Hammill, one of Pelosi’s spokespersons, assured that the purpose of the trip was to “express gratitude” to the US soldiers deployed abroad and recalled that Trump traveled by surprise to Iraq on December 26, just after the administrative closure began.
In addition, Hammill has corrected the route that Trump had outlined and has said that Pelosi had not planned to travel to Egypt and that he was only going to make a short stop in Brussels to meet with NATO commanders, a military alliance that has been harshly criticized by the American president
Since last December 22, the federal government has closed 25% of the Administration due to Trump’s demand to include funds for the construction of the wall in federal budgets, a proposal that has clashed head-on with the new Democratic majority in the Low camera.
“I’m sure you’ll agree that postponing this public relations event (alluding to the trip) is totally appropriate.”
In his letter, Trump recalls that 800,000 officials are not receiving his salary due to lack of budgets and, in light of that problem, he tells Pelosi: “I’m sure you’ll agree to postpone this public relations event (in reference to the trip) is totally appropriate “.
“Also,” adds Trump, “I believe that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the movement for a stronger border security to end the closure.”