As expected, Donald Trump swings and misses by cancelling Nancy Pelosi’s trip to visit troops in Afghanistan after she cancelled his State of the Union address. Um, it took him a whole day to come up with this stunt.
Trump said that he was cancelling Pelosi’s trip because of the shutdown. She was supposed to leave today at 3:30 p.m. It’s like the dude is kicking up sand in the sandbox because a girl kicked his *ss. His little hissy fit will not get Pelosi to change her mind on wall funding.
Trump, who dodged the draft multiple times, called Pelosi’s trip to visit the troops a “public relations event.” This is disrespectful to the troops. He also outed her trip to a war zone, which is some place he doesn’t want to go. She was going to meet with the troops. This is unprecedented and just plain wrong.
Of course, the genius behind this seems like it was Mick Mulvaney and some White House aides:
WH officials, including Mulvaney, began discussing canceling Pelosi’s trip this a.m., two people said. They felt caught off guard by her letter and POTUS has been frustrated by coverage, asking why it looked like Dems had upper hand. Aides agreed this was the perfect response.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 17, 2019
Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff tweeted that the delegation was not scheduled to stop in Egypt as his letter claimed. Donald Trump just can’t stop lying.
The CODEL to Afghanistan included a required stop in Brussels for pilot rest. In Brussels, the delegation was scheduled to meet with top NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies–to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance. (1/4)
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) January 17, 2019
It already started blowing up in his face:
Steny Hoyer on Trump canceling Pelosi's foreign trip: "It's petty. It's small. It's vindictive. It is unbecoming of a President of the United States, but it is unfortunately a daily occurrence." https://t.co/TIOQfJFXy3 pic.twitter.com/7PGlemwL6J
— The Hill (@thehill) January 17, 2019
Pelosi's office confirms – @SpeakerPelosi's trip abroad that Trump stopped was to thank troops, get briefing from commanders.
Real disgrace that Trump is taking his frustration out on our military. https://t.co/j5j7OOTyic
— VoteVets (@votevets) January 17, 2019
It took them a day to come up with this.
Meanwhile we have entered Day 27 of the #TrumpShutdown and they are in the West Wing writing a childish letter as 800,000 federal workers are going without pay. Unbelievable.
And it’s Madam Speaker. Not Madame. https://t.co/Qvbzrn0iKy
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) January 17, 2019
I know it's killing on Twitter, but I'd be surprised if denying the speaker of the house access to military aircraft to visit U.S. troops deployed to a war zone because "she did it first" plays as well among the general public.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) January 17, 2019
President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 17, 2019
The President of the United States just compared visiting our troops in a war zone to a "public relations event." Another sad day for our nation when that's how the Commander in Chief sees such a visit. https://t.co/I7F6jlJUBF
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 17, 2019
Also, I know 4-year olds who are better at oneupmanship.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 17, 2019
Mr. Nobody Loves the Military More Than Me…
* Took him 2 years to visit a war zone.
* Wouldn’t honor troops because he didn’t want his hair to get wet.
* Frequently insults POWs, Gold Star families and generals.
* Won’t let Nancy Pelosi visit a war zone because he’s petty.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) January 17, 2019
If you’re waiting for your paycheck from the federal government, buckle up. The pettiness is full blown and there is literally no end in sight. Trump hasn’t responded to State of the Union letter but clearly personally helped put together this letter to Pelosi on her travel.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 17, 2019
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) January 17, 2019
Canada should fly Pelosi to Afghanistan and Iraq in their C-17s. They've done plenty of flights in combat zone there. pic.twitter.com/E5U6zfhGbG
— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) January 17, 2019
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) January 17, 2019
Not only is @realDonaldTrump 's cancelation of @SpeakerPelosi 's CODEL petty, his suggestion that she fly commercial goes against protocol instituted after 9/11 at the request of the Defense Department owing to the Speaker being 2nd in the presidential line of succession. 1/
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) January 17, 2019
The effect of Trump's latest tantrum is going to ensure that Pelosi DOESN'T visit the troops but Mnuchin et al party with "globalists" in Davos.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 17, 2019
…I mean, I guess it doesn't matter if he's not letting them go. Still seems a little flippant with MoCs' security. Especially with the Speaker involved.
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) January 17, 2019
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 17, 2019