Trump blasts Pelosi for wanting to leave country during shutdown

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE slammed Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCutting tariffs is better than cutting payroll taxes to boost the economy Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy In debate over internet speech law, pay attention to whose voices are ignored 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 SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) on social media.