Trump denies Pelosi aircraft for trip after leaders scuffle over State of the Union


    President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is postponing what he's calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "seven-day excursion" to Egypt, Afghanistan and Brussels in apparent payback for asking him to reschedule his State of the Union speech because of the partial government shutdown.

    Trump wrote a letter to Pelosi on Thursday informing her that her trip had been postponed and would be rescheduled after the shutdown.

    He called Pelosi's trip a "public relations event."

    He says she should stay in Washington to negotiate ways to end the shutdown, which is at a stalemate over federal funding for his desired border wall. Trump says that if she wants to make her trip by flying commercial that would "certainly be your prerogative."

    Here is the full text of the letter from President Trump:

    "Dear Madame Speaker:

    "Due to the shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip 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. 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. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial that would certainly be you prerogative.

    I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching out open and dangerous Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it so desperately deserves! "



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