A letter released from the Office of Budget Management Friday confirmed members of Congress are prohibited from using “government aircraft” during a federal shutdown; saying all legislators and their staff need “White House approval” for air travel.
“In light of the current partial government shutdown, the President has asked me to direct the heads of all executive departments and agencies of the Administration on new policies in support of Legislative Branch travel,” reads the statement.
Looks like Pelosi travels heavy https://t.co/i2yDUCld1W
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 18, 2019
“Under no circumstances during a government shutdown will any government owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft support any Congressional delegation, without the express written approval of the White House Chief of Staff,” adds the letter.
The statement comes hours after President Trump abruptly canceled Speaker Pelosi’s overseas trip; demanding the Democratic leader remain in Washington and re-open the federal government.
Read the full statement here.
NANCY DENIED! President Trump Seizes Pelosi’s Aircraft, Cancels ‘Foreign Trip’ Over Shutdown
President Trump abruptly “postponed” Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned foreign trip Thursday; saying he was “sorry to inform” the left-wing leader that her overseas excursion would be “rescheduled” over the government shutdown.
“President Trump on Thursday appeared to deny military aircraft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a foreign trip just minutes before the congressional delegation was set to depart, in a stunning response to her call to delay the State of the Union address amid the government shutdown,” writes Fox News.
“Due to the Shutdown, 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. 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,” Trump wrote in a letter to Pelosi.
“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,” he added.
Read the full report at Fox News.
YOU’RE GROUNDED: Trump Tells Pelosi to ‘Fly Commercial’ During Government Shutdown
President Trump abruptly canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s foreign visit Thursday; instructing the leading Democrat to “fly commercial” should she choose to travel overseas.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” said the president’s statement.
President @realDonaldTrump’s letter to @SpeakerPelosi concerning her upcoming travel pic.twitter.com/TtBCvwp080
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) January 17, 2019
“I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous southern border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it so desperately deserves,” he added.