UPDATED 12:48 PM PT — Thursday, January 17, 2019
In what appears to be a retaliatory move, President Trump is postponing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s upcoming trip abroad in light of the government shutdown.
In a letter he sent the speaker Thursday, the president informed Pelosi he is rescheduling her seven-day excursion to Brussels, Afghanistan and Egypt just hours before she was set to depart.
The president said “I am sure the speaker would agree postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.”
He said her presence would be better served in Washington, where she can work with him to reach a deal on border security and ending the shutdown.
The president said if Pelosi wants to make the trip by flying commercial then that is totally her prerogative.
Before sending the letter, the president spoke at the Pentagon and, again, called on Speaker Pelosi to come to the negotiating table to end the government shutdown.
During the event Thursday, the president said the government remains shutdown because radical Democrats refuse to approve border security funding. He called the situation at the border a “matter of critical national security.”
President Trump also offered condolences to the families of Americans killed in Syria during a suicide attack Wednesday, saying we will never forget their sacrifice.