Trump cancels Nancy Pelosi foreign trip to Brussels and Afghanistan citing shutdown

United States President Donald Trump has postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of military aircraft for upcoming trip to Brussels and Afghanistan asking her to stay to negotiate the partial US government shutdown.

The Republican president wants $5.7bn (£4.4bn) of congressional funding to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, but Democrats have refused.

Mr Trump’s cancellation of the trip emerged less than an hour before the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives was scheduled to leave on Thursday afternoon,

However, Mr Trump has not banned Mrs Pelosi from going – just from using military aircraft.

Mr Trump’s move came on the 27th day of the US’s longest-ever federal shutdown.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared the president’s letter in a tweet.

“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,” Mr Trump wrote.

The president added that Mrs Pelosi could proceed with the trip – which he described as a “public relations event” – using a commercial airline.

“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, he wrote.

Some commentators expressed dismay that the president would reveal plans about a trip to a war zone by a congresswoman who is third in line to the presidency.

“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, he wrote.

Some house member expressed dismay that the president would reveal plans about a trip to a war zone by a congresswoman who is third in line to the presidency.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Mr Trump’s action “demeans the presidency” while Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called Mrs Pelosi’s threat to cancel the state of the union address “irresponsible” and Mr Trump’s response “also inappropriate”.

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