#USNews - #US President #Trump denied military aircraft to House Speaker #NancyPelosi for a foreign trip just minutes before departure - Please Read Trump’s Full Letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 👆
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#USnews - Speaker Pelosi - YOU ARE GROUNDED! - The President of United States Donald J. Trump has denied military aircraft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a foreign trip just minutes before departure -
In a curt / formal letter, #USPresident#Trump said to #HouseSpeaker#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,” Trump also said ===>
“I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong #BorderSecurity movement to end the Shutdown. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.” The president pulled the plug on Pelosi's aircraft as she was about to leave for her overseas trip.
The president's move to cancel Pelosi's trip came after the House speaker's request to delay his annual #StateoftheUnion address . The #WhiteHouse official claimed the aircraft decision was not a "response" to Pelosi's letter.
Source: Fox News, The White House
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In a letter to Pelosi, Trump said:
“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. I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me.”
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