Was Trump’s cancellation of Pelosi’s trip abroad dirty pool?

Was Trump’s cancellation of Pelosi’s trip abroad dirty pool?
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House Democrats and the media are in a snit this morning over Donald Trump’s postponement of a trip to Belgium, Afghanistan, and Egypt by a Democratic congressional delegation. Many are claiming the move on the president’s part was a low blow, especially his timing: He alerted Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he was denying her and her colleagues the use of an Air Force plane half an hour before it was scheduled to take off.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was one of the group who was already on the bus outside the Capitol when word arrived that the trip was off.

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After disembarking, Schiff told reporters that “the president … acted like he’s in the fifth grade.”

While Trump’s behavior does seem like a quid pro quo following Pelosi’s postponement of his State of the Union address, one could argue he was doing her and the other Dems a favor. They were, after all, heading out of the country in the midst of a government shutdown, which is really bad optics.

A spokesman for Pelsoi stated via Twitter that this was an important trip in which the speaker would have been consulting with NATO higher-ups about the Syria withdrawal and that her visit would have been a morale boost to troops. But a Twitter thread by Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, suggests the trip was not envisioned as all work:

Spouses? Yes, it turns out that spouses can fly for free on military planes, which is why the same Pelosi staffer said in a different email that “we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset [s]peaker.”

Fitton notes elsewhere in the thread that Pelosi and company had been fully prepared on past CoDels:

Not only that, but there have been quite a few such trips:

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."