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Thursday, January 17, 2019

President Donald Trump said Thursday he was denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a military plane for a trip to Afghanistan that was set to begin in the afternoon, a tit-for-tat retaliation that deepened the divide between the leaders and brought the government no closer to reopening.

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This was great comment on the NY Times' site:

If I were Pelosi, I would say "The President is right....these international trips are important for both security and economic reasons but we aren't operating as a strong government right now and this is one symptom of that. Far better to delay these trips -- as important as they are -- until the President will agree to reopen the government."

#1 | Posted by qcp at 2019-01-17 03:20 PM | Reply

Trump demonstrates his vindictiveness once again and without putting an ounce of pressure on Speaker Pelosi.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-01-17 04:03 PM | Reply

Trump knows how to run a protection racket.

I wonder where he learned that...

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-01-17 04:07 PM | Reply

Everyone loved when pelosi was petty about the sotu but those same bags will whine about this petty move by trump.

Personally, I loved both acts of pettiness.

I hope they get footage of those sad sacks getting off their bus.

#4 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-01-17 04:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Apologies Bruce I just posted the same story not seeing you had posted it first.

#5 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-01-17 04:20 PM | Reply

no prob gracie. i do it all the time. it's great that people post stories that capture their attention.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-17 04:30 PM | Reply

Gracie.

Question.

At what point do you hold Trump responsible for rejecting the bipartisan deal he was handed in December?

He was offered $25 billion over 10 years. Or $2.5 billion a year for the next ten years.

He rejected this offer. An offer the Republican Congress felt was a good deal.

Gracie. When will you admit this government shutdown is a farce in order to hamstring the Democrats in the HoR?

Wake up and smell the orange turd in the White House.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-01-17 04:31 PM | Reply

"Personally, I loved both acts of pettiness."

Taking away someone's safety is not cool.

I could see them removing the POTUS as CIC or impeaching him for abuse of military power. It's not something he hands out or takes away to get his way.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-17 04:32 PM | Reply

Everyone loved when pelosi was petty about the sotu

Hey. Let's let Trump deliver to SOTU without adequate protection.

I'm sure he'll be fine.

Worst case scenario, someone takes a couple shots at him. Reagan survived. Kennedy didn't. Neither did Lincoln. So. He's got a 33.3% chance of surviving an assassination attempt.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-01-17 04:42 PM | Reply

You forgot McKinley and Cleveland.

But worst of all, you forgot Squeaky Fromme!

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-01-17 04:43 PM | Reply

Sorry, not Cleveland. James A. Garfield.

We've had 45 Presidents.
Four have been assassinated.
All four with guns.

Thanks, Second Amendment!

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-01-17 04:46 PM | Reply

I agree with Chair - both acts of pettiness are awesome. I particularly loved Pelosi's reaction when DHS and Secret Service contradicted her reason for postponing the address. She doesn't care which shows she's just being petty, which is awesome. Trump's letter to her informing her that her trip has been postponed was classic as well.

Our government is currently being run by juveniles. Might as well at least enjoy the theater. Pass the popcorn.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-17 04:49 PM | Reply

In all fairness, Gracie, Clown asks an excellent question in #7.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-17 04:50 PM | Reply

Trump is stopping the work of people we pay. Pelosi is not doing that.

Trump's joke is on us.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-17 04:58 PM | Reply

Trump can still deliver the sotu. Pelosi etc can't do their work.

They are not the same thing

#15 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-17 05:03 PM | Reply

"The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication, & to obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted.

The------------- is preventing Pelosi from doing her job.

#16 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-01-17 05:12 PM | Reply

The Petulance of the United States of America.

#17 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-01-17 05:57 PM | Reply

She was visiting a war zone...

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-17 06:16 PM | Reply

trump gave away where pelosi would be.
in the media where our enemies could read it.

impeach this pos now.

#19 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2019-01-17 06:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

DRama at its finest...Capitol Hill is becoming a real time soap opera.

*passes popcorn to Jeff and Chair*

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-01-17 06:31 PM | Reply

Jon Cooper @joncoopertweets

Trump is running television ads to ask people to call 800-350-6647 and press 1 to DEMAND that Pelosi and Schumer fund the wall. Buried at the end, the announcer says, "press 2 if you do NOT support funding the wall.

Friends, you know what to do.
#NoWall

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-01-17 06:34 PM | Reply

"I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed," Mr. Trump wrote in a letter addressed to Ms. Pelosi. "We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the shutdown is over."

Good. Seems appropriate to me.

Cancel EVERYTHING until the Trump Shutdown is Over.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-01-17 06:38 PM | Reply

#20 your tax dollars are being burned. your country is getting weaker. Ha ha?

#23 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-17 06:38 PM | Reply

I posted this on the other thread. Posting it again because Trump is that annoying to me:

Pelosi's 2nd in line for the Presidency. The Leader of the House doesn't fly commercial - not since 9/11.

It would have been helpful to the U.S. to have Pelosi reassure our allies given Trump's words and actions lately. Especially about pulling out of NATO.

They (Pelosi and the other Reps) could have gone and the trip would have been much more secure. Trump destroyed the secrecy these trips demand because he's a petulant, spoiled man-child.

To prove how petty and vindictive he is, Trump then flew Melania to Florida. All alone. On the same aircraft model Pelosi would have taken, All so Melania could week-end at Mar-a-lago.

www.cnbc.com

#24 | Posted by YAV at 2019-01-17 10:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Good point Yav. Something needs to be done. Congress needs to step in.

#25 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-17 11:14 PM | Reply

Pelosi going to Afghanistan to promise them we'll stay in that quagmire forever...

Don't cancel the flight there. Cancel the return trip.

#26 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-18 08:45 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan

While I can understand Afghanistan to visit the troops, what the hell does she need to be in foreign countries for? She is a U.S. representative. Visiting other countries on official visits and speaking for the United States needs to be for the State department or the President.

#27 | Posted by boaz at 2019-01-18 09:01 AM | Reply

1. Pelosi's CODEL was stopping in Brussels for required pilot rest and while there were planning on meeting with NATO officials to insure them of Congress's continuing support for its mission.

2. There were never any plans to go to Egypt, Trump misstated this incorrectly.

Hope that clears it up for you.

#28 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-01-18 09:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The troops will be so disappointed not to see Queen Nancy.

#29 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-01-18 09:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Pelosi's CODEL was stopping in Brussels for required pilot rest and while there were planning on meeting with NATO officials to insure them of Congress's continuing support for its mission.

Pilot rest? Another BS reason for what's basically a vacation. She is in the U.S. house, she has no need to be going around quoting U.S. Policy. That's the executive branches job, not hers.

#30 | Posted by boaz at 2019-01-18 09:18 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#29 Yeah they'd rather have someone lie to their face about giving them a fat raise.

#31 | Posted by JOE at 2019-01-18 09:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#27 - it's good for them to go into the world and see for themselves.

#32 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-01-18 01:20 PM | Reply

While I can understand Afghanistan to visit the troops, what the hell does she need to be in foreign countries for? She is a U.S. representative. Visiting other countries on official visits and speaking for the United States needs to be for the State department or the President.

#27 | Posted by boaz

Tell that to trump's team. They were negotiating policy and election strategy with russia before he even took office.

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-01-18 01:27 PM | Reply

While I can understand Afghanistan to visit the troops, what the hell does she need to be in foreign countries for? She is a U.S. representative. Visiting other countries on official visits and speaking for the United States needs to be for the State department or the President.

#27 | Posted by boaz

"Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed," Trump wrote Pelosi on Thursday. "We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over."
Later, Pelosi's spokesman said the stop in Brussels was mainly to allow the pilot to rest and that Egypt was not on her itinerary.

Soo Trump LIES again.

You have been educated.

Of course, Pelosi could be preparing for becoming President once Trump and Pence are impeached.

#34 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-01-18 01:47 PM | Reply

Boaz is always hostile towards the things he doesn't understand.

He's like a rescue dog.

#35 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-01-18 01:48 PM | Reply

Oh, I understand just fine.

I like how you liberals just say something like it's that. No one said I don't understand anything.

You are very hostile to other opinions that challenge your worldview. You get very scared at them. We see it all the time.

#36 | Posted by boaz at 2019-01-18 01:55 PM | Reply

And letting the "pilot rest" is a BS excuse. I've been on numerous over-seas trips. All of the time, the plane had at least three pilots. At any one time, one of them was sleep while the other's were flying the plane. The only time we landed was to refuel.

Pelosi is lying and you are ok with it.

#37 | Posted by boaz at 2019-01-18 01:57 PM | Reply

"No one said I don't understand anything." - #36 | Posted by boaz at 2019-01-18 01:55 PM

It didn't have to be said.

Your own posts confirm that beyond all reasonable doubt.

#38 | Posted by Hans at 2019-01-18 01:59 PM | Reply

Psst boaz, the Speaker of the House is No. 2 in the line of succession to the Presidency and has an important role in developing policy and it is beneficial for her to meet foreign leaders and all. And sorry if her entire itinerary is not shared with you.

#39 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-01-18 02:00 PM | Reply

"Oh, I understand just fine."

No you don't.

"what the hell does she need to be in foreign countries for?"
--Boaz, not understanding it.

#40 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-01-18 02:01 PM | Reply

Psst boaz, the Speaker of the House is No. 2 in the line of succession to the Presidency

And she wont see it. Pence is next in line. You think Trump is bad? I would LOVE to have Pence as a President. He will be level headed, unlike Trump. And you wont have anything to complain and whine about.

#41 | Posted by boaz at 2019-01-18 02:03 PM | Reply

And she wont see it.

There's a reason for the succession plan, and it's still best to be prepared, you absolute idiot.

#42 | Posted by JOE at 2019-01-18 02:13 PM | Reply

So now we know that Trump is suborning perjury. But for the rightwing partisan hacks it must be Pelosi who is lying. lol. Trump supporters are sheep. Absolute, pathetic, stupid sheep.

#43 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-01-18 02:18 PM | Reply

Just saw this shocking related thread from Pelosi's deputy chief of staff.

@Drew_Hammill
The United States Congress is a co-equal branch of government in our system of checks and balances. The Congress has a constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight in the war zone where our men and women in uniform are risking their lives every day.

After President Trump revoked the use of military aircraft to travel to Afghanistan, the delegation was prepared to fly commercially to proceed with this vital trip to meet with our commanders and troops on the front lines.

In the middle of the night, State Dept's Diplomatic Security Service provided an updated threat assessment detailing that the President announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased danger to the delegation & to troops, security, & other officials supporting trip.

This morning, we learned that the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well.

In light of the grave threats caused by the President's action, the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights.

Whether here or abroad, the Speaker always thanks our troops, diplomats and intelligence community for their heroism & service. The Speaker commends her colleagues on the delegation, who personally & officially have dedicated their lives to protect & defend the American people.

#44 | Posted by JOE at 2019-01-18 03:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Why would anyone not want to go to Afghanistan in January. It is brutally cold, even the Taliban take a break till spring.

#45 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-01-18 04:09 PM | Reply

That means it's the best time to go.

#46 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-18 05:16 PM | Reply

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