In apparent response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) letter telling him his State of the Union address should be postponed, but he could submit it in writing, President Donald Trump sent Pelosi a letter telling her that her upcoming trips have been postponed, as well.
Mimicking the language in Pelosi’s letter, which made headlines Wednesday, Trump’s Thursday letter tells Pelosi to feel free to go through with her trip by “flying commercial,” if she’d prefer:
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Madame Speaker:
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. 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 your prerogative.
I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it so desperately deserves!
Donald J. Trump
In her letter sent Wednesday to the president, Pelosi wrote:
Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress.