FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump’s decision Thursday to deny House Speaker Nancy Pelosi military aircraft for an overseas trip drew sharp reactions from both Democrats and Republicans.
In a letter to Pelosi, the president “postponed” the trip just minutes before the congressional delegation was set to depart. The “excursion” would be rescheduled following the end of the partial government shutdown, he said.
“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 wrote. “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.”
While Trump pulled the plug on using military aircraft for the journey, he gave the Democratic leader the option of flying commercially.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” Trump wrote.
The president’s move to cancel Pelosi’s trip came after the House speaker’s request to delay his annual State of the Union address — though one White House official claimed the aircraft decision was not a “response” to Pelosi’s letter.
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a frequent supporter of the administration, admonished both Trump and Pelosi for their actions, tweeting: “One sophomoric response does not deserve another.”
“Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political,” Graham continued. “President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate.”
Graham continued on Twitter, writing that he approved of Pelosi’s efforts to visit U.S. troops, but was “very disappointed she’s playing politics with the State of the Union.”
“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,” he tweeted.
There appeared to be some conflicting information as to where the delegation was traveling, however. In his letter, Trump wrote that the trip was to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan.
But Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, tweeted that the group was going to Afghanistan, with “a required stop in Brussels for pilot rest.” But they were not scheduled to visit Egypt, he wrote.
“In Brussels, the delegation was scheduled to meet with top NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies–to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance,” Hammill tweeted. “The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication, & to obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD., criticized Trump’s maneuver, saying it was “petty,” “small” and “vindictive.”
“It is unbecoming of the president of the United States. But it is unfortunately a daily occurrence,” he told reporters.
Republican Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted an offer to the Speaker, inviting her to join himself and fellow Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs “at the border this weekend” in their home state.
Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida also tweeted, calling out the “tit-for-tat move,” saying Pelosi was “the only one” involved in the trip who was “being singled out.”
Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic Fellow Travelers in the House of Representatives remind me of a young fellow I had working with me several years ago when I was a Director of Audio Visual Services in a Convention Center in an area full of Hotels and Casinos.
When this fellow was hired on by my company as my Assistant Director, he somehow got it in his head that he was my equal, not my subordinate.
Needless to say, after about a year of me doing most of the work, selling our services, planning events, and setting up and tearing down events, he was shown the door.
Since she regained the position of Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has viewed herself as President Trump’s equal, if not his superior.
Yesterday, she received her comeuppance.
This whole fight for dominance reminds me of the Classic movie “Caddyshack”, in which the late, great Rodney Dangerfield played a hard-working Blue Collar American who had made a fortune in the construction business. He joined a country club named Bushwood for the purpose of playing golf and conducting business with clients while on the links.
The snotty folks whose families had been members for years looked down their noses at him. In their eyes, he just didn’t belong. He laughed too much and didn’t behave as they did. They also believed that this “common” man wasn’t as smart as they were.
In the end, he triumphed over the snobs, helping a young caddy out along the way.
President Donald J. Trump has come into Washington, DC and upset the Elite’s Political Apple Cart, disrupting the Washingtonian Status Quo.
Professional Politicians, on both sides of the Political Aisle, have never understood the fact that this outsider whom average Americans elected as our 45th President, is a very intelligent man.
He is a self-made BILLIONAIRE, for gosh sakes.
Pelosi, Hoyer, Schiff, and their fellow Democrats in the House thought they would be able to outwit Trump, trick him, or outlast him in the fight for a wall on our Southern Border.
They thought wrong.
Pelosi’s petulant attempt to cancel the State of the Union Address by lying about security issues precipitated Trump’s actions of yesterday.
The Speaker and over 100 fellow Democrats were about to leave on a trip designed to undermine President Trump’s Foreign Policy.
Trump’s action yesterday was not only appropriate, it was brilliant.
By cancelling Pelosi’s use of that military transport plane, he not only reminded her who is the Commander-in-Chief, he embarrassed the Democrats in front of the American people and the entire world.
Pelosi’s already taken a vacation to Hawaii and other Democrats went to Puerto Rico to be bribed by Lobbyists (I’m sure).
It’s time for them to act like public servants and work with the president to secure our nation’s Southern Border.
Our National Security is at stake.
Until He Comes,