Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, January 17, 2019

President Donald Trump said Thursday he was denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a military plane for a trip to Afghanistan and other countries 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. The move, apparently in response to Pelosi's letter a day earlier suggesting the President reschedule his State of the Union address, made for high drama but little substance in the ongoing back-and-forth over border security. As the partial government shutdown stretches nearly a month, the back-and-forth reflects a West Wing angling for the upper hand in a standoff with newly powerful Democrats. Pelosi had been scheduled to leave within the hour that Trump's letter was made public, making for the awkward site of a large blue Air Force bus idling outside the Capitol as the implications of the President's missive came into focus.



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"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."

#1 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-01-17 04:12 PM | Reply

Good for Trump.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-01-17 04:54 PM | Reply

Why should she travel during a shutdown? I'm with Trump on this one.

#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-01-17 04:59 PM | Reply

Bruce posted this story first. Please comment on his thread, thanks!

#4 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-01-17 05:01 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.

Sounds like Pelosi was doing her job, while President ----- pants cant be bothered.

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-01-17 05:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office responded to Donald Trump's cancellation of her overseas trip -- and explained what she was going to do on the previously-classified visit to a war zone.

Pelosi's chief of staff Drew Hammill tweeted that on the Brussels arm of the trip, which was required for pilot rest, the California Democrat and her delegation were going to "meet with top NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies–to affirm the United States' ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance."

He added that Pelosi was not planned to stop in Egypt -- suggesting that the White House's statement about the trip was incorrect.

Along with expressing "appreciation and thanks" to military service members, the trip was also intended "to obtain critical national security and intelligence briefings from those on the front lines," Hammill tweeted.

He added that Trump traveled to Iraq during his shutdown -- and so did a congressional delegation led by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

Raw Story

#6 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-01-17 05:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Does the Executive oversee Congress' security detail?

If not she should tell him to pound sand.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-01-17 05:35 PM | Reply

At last, Trump acting Presidential. I've been waiting for signs of the pivot.

#8 | Posted by Foreigner at 2019-01-17 06:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

This is so funny!!!

She can still go, she just can't use military aircraft. Brilliant move really. Normally she just would have flown off and very few would know. Now it's out in the open, that during a government shutdown, and post refusal to meet with Trump, she planned a whirlwind overseas tour on the taxpayers dime.

#9 | Posted by sames1 at 2019-01-17 07:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#9 -

Pelosi's 2nd in line for the Presidency. The Leader of the House never flies commercial - not since 9/11.

Everyone would have known she (and other Reps) went once she arrived - not before. They would have gone and the trip would have been secure. Trump destroyed the secrecy these trips demand because he's a petulant, spoiled, man-child.

By the way, Trump then flew Melania to Florida. All alone. On the same aircraft model Pelosi would have taken, All so Melania could go to Mar-a-lago.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2019-01-17 10:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All so Melania could go to Mar-a-lago...

... as instructed.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-01-17 10:48 PM | Reply

Transparently juvenile.

#12 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-01-17 11:27 PM | Reply

...she planned a whirlwind overseas tour on the taxpayers dime.

Yea, a real decedent, fun-in-the-sun jaunt to Afghanistan.

#13 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-01-18 03:30 AM | Reply

While all you people are keeping score each time your team wins a point, your government is screwing your eyes out.

Trump runs the deficit up another $2 trillion and its crickets...

Trump kicks grandmaw off a flight. YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!! We're winning

He's got all the budget he wants for tax cuts for the most wealthy but he's got to shut down the government for $5.7 billion dollars.

You're being played, people.

#14 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-01-18 06:56 AM | Reply

Personally, I don't care how much debt the Gov. runs, it's what they spend it on that pisses me off. I'd be thrilled to death with trillions in debt if we had good schools, healthcare, roads, etc.

#15 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-01-18 07:29 AM | Reply

...she planned a whirlwind overseas tour on the taxpayers dime.

So, you didn't mind when a Republican congressional delegation led by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y) went to Iraq last month?

Or, say, when Melania flew on a big government jet last night to lounge at Mar A Lago for awhile?

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-01-18 08:21 AM | Reply

"So, you didn't mind when a Republican congressional delegation led by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y) went to Iraq last month?" Nope. Government was not shut down.

"Or, say, when Melania flew on a big government jet last night to lounge at Mar A Lago for awhile?" Nope. doesn't bother me.

#17 | Posted by sames1 at 2019-01-18 07:30 PM | Reply

#17 - of course it doesn't.

#18 | Posted by YAV at 2019-01-18 09:48 PM | Reply

Seems reasonable .. we have no money .... "security concerns" over the ability of the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security to protect government officials during the shutdown.


#19 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-18 11:23 PM | Reply

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