Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said the President’s last minute announcement to cancel the military aircraft for the congressional delegation, “significantly increased the danger to the delegation and to the troops, security, and other officials supporting the trip.”
In a letter to Pelosi yesterday, the President stated he postponed the trip due to the government shutdown, however, “if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”
According to Hammill, the congressional delegation had planned to fly commercially, but the President’s public statement forced them to postpone the trip.
A White House official told Fox News, the leak allegations were “a flat out lie.”
“When the Speaker of the House and about 20 others from Capitol Hill decide to book their own commercial flights to Afghanistan, the world is going to find out,” the official said. “The idea we would leak anything that would put the safety and security of any American at risk is a flat out lie.”
Another White House official told the outlet the leak allegations were “asinine.”
In his letter to Pelosi yesterday, the President called her trip a “public relations” event and stated, “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.”
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” he wrote. “We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. 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,” he continued. “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. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”