Turns out canceling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s foreign trip was only the beginning.
Now, President Trump has just announced that a second international trip has been scrapped.
From Fox News:
President Trump has canceled the U.S. delegation’s upcoming trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, “out of consideration” for furloughed Americans amid the partial government shutdown, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Thursday.
Press Secretary Sanders also revealed that Pelosi’s trip was cancelled because she was in a rush to flee the country and prolong the government shutdown.
If Speaker Pelosi left on this unnecessary trip, it would virtually guarantee that the shutdown continues, costing 800,000 federal employees yet another missed paycheck.
Keeping Pelosi in the country provides at least the opportunity for a resolution.
From The Daily Caller:
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that President Donald Trump canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip abroad because it would guarantee federal workers miss another paycheck, she told reporters Thursday afternoon.
Trump canceled Pelosi’s trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan mere hours before she was scheduled to depart on a military aircraft. Trump justified the cancellation in a letter telling her, “I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” and that it would be better if she “were in Washington negotiating with” him. …
Sanders dismissed the idea that the White House was making a petty political move telling reporters that if Pelosi had left on her trip it would have guaranteed that federal workers would miss another paycheck because she would not be in Washington to negotiate with Trump.
Nearly 800,000 federal workers have already missed a paycheck as the Federal Government remains partially shut down amid a dispute between Democrats and the White House over border wall funding.
The White House has delivered several offers to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to end the shutdown, but they have been rebuffed at every turn. …
So there you have it, folks.