Trump cancels Democratic speaker’s foreign trip

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Deadlock in Washington reached a new low on Thursday as Donald Trump hit his chief Democratic opponent Nancy Pelosi with a last-minute cancellation of her plan to take an air force plane to Afghanistan — citing the four-week-old government shutdown as a motive.

The mess in Washington, where swaths of government workers are not being paid while Congress feuds with the White House, already verged on the surreal. But now it’s also getting increasingly personal between the two main antagonists.

In a letter laced with sarcasm and accompanied by his dramatic signature, Trump told House Speaker Pelosi: “I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over.”
“I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is appropriate,” he wrote.

Rubbing it in, Trump said that Pelosi could still book her own non-government flights.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” he wrote.

The trip cancellation followed Pelosi’s suggestion that Trump postpones his January 29 State of the Union address to Congress, or do it from the White House instead. Although she cited the shutdown’s effect on security, she appeared to want to deny the president one of his chief annual moments in the limelight.
The White House denied that the travel blockage was payback, but few bought the argument.