Trump blasts Pelosi for wanting to leave country during shutdown

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE slammed Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE (D-Calif.) for planning to leave the country on a congressional delegation during the government shutdown. 

He also needled the Speaker for taking donations from California's wine country, writing that workers would still have access to come work there even after a wall is built on the border. 

“Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

The tweet came a day after Trump in a letter to Pelosi canceled a military plane that would have taken Pelosi and other lawmakers to Afghanistan, where they were set to visit U.S. troops.

Trump dismissed the trip, which also included a stop in Brussels for a NATO visit, as a “public relations event.”


“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 added in Thursday’s letter, suggesting that she could fly commercially. 

Trump's letter was in response to a note from Pelosi the previous day. She cited security concerns in suggesting that Trump postpone the Jan. 29 State of the Union address, a signal that she could also rescind his invitation to deliver the address to the House.

Pelosi and Trump have been in an intense political row since roughly a quarter of the government was shut down on Dec. 22.

Pelosi has repeatedly declared she will deny the White House’s request that $5.7 billion for a border wall be included in any spending bill to reopen the government, calling it a “nonstarter” and an issue of “manhood” for the president. Trump has responded by excoriating her and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE (D-N.Y.) on social media.