Yes, it’s political, but it’s also a travel topic. I’m not supporting either side.
The federal government shutdown continues and a child-like tit-for-tat is going on between the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
It started when Pelosi threatened to cancel Trump’s annual State of the Union, citing “security” concerns.
The White House and President, usually quick to address insults with insults, was uncharacteristically silent for almost 24 hours.
But this afternoon, we found out why. In a letter to Speaker Pelosi and made public on the President’s Instagram account, he advised her that she would not be permitted to use military aircraft for her planned “public relations event.”
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.
He also advised, “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”
The Speaker’s office blamed the President for stopping the Speaker from “express[ing] appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication.”
Perhaps Senator Lindsey Graham said it best:
One sophomoric response does not deserve another.
But welcome to 2019. Now, any bets as to whether the Speaker and her congressional delegation will fly commercial? I’m sure Qatar Airways would love the chance to show Members of Congress how great the onboard product is…
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