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Washington - Schiff Berates Trump For Disclosing Pelosi Warzone Trip

Published on: January 17, 2019 05:26 PM
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A US Air Force bus sits parked on the East Front of the US Capitol after President Donald J. Trump postponed an overseas trip by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders by not allowing them to use a military aircraft in Washington, DC, USA, 17 January 2019. The trip was scheduled for later in the day, was to include visiting US troops in Afghanistan and stops with NATO allies.  EPAA US Air Force bus sits parked on the East Front of the US Capitol after President Donald J. Trump postponed an overseas trip by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders by not allowing them to use a military aircraft in Washington, DC, USA, 17 January 2019. The trip was scheduled for later in the day, was to include visiting US troops in Afghanistan and stops with NATO allies.  EPA

Washington - The chairman of the House intelligence committee says that President Donald Trump’s decision to reveal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Brussels and Afghanistan is “completely and utterly irresponsible in every way.”

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says he won’t comment on whether the trip is still on. Trump announced Thursday afternoon that he was denying Pelosi an aircraft to visit troops abroad and reassure NATO allies. That move came after Pelosi suggested delaying his State of the Union address.

Schiff says Trump is acting “like he’s in the fifth grade.” The California Democrat said that “we’re determined our oversight will continue no matter what the president’s action are.”

Schiff said the congressional delegations had anticipated defense and intelligence briefings in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for Pelosi says the trip was intended to express appreciation to U.S. troops and reaffirm the United States “ironclad commitment” to the NATO alliance.

Trump wrote Pelosi on Thursday and said he was denying military aircraft for a trip to Egypt, Brussels and Afghanistan amid the government shutdown. The notice came after Pelosi attempted on Wednesday to delay Trump’s State of Union address.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted that the previously unannounced trip was to Afghanistan, including a stop in Brussels. He said it did not include a stop in Egypt.

Hammill said Pelosi was to meet with top NATO commanders and troops and “obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham says Trump’s decision to deny Pelosi aircraft is “inappropriate.”

The Republican and frequent Trump ally also criticized Pelosi for her attempt to delay Trump’s State of Union address amid their government shutdown clash. He called that “blatantly political.”

Graham said “one sophomoric response does not deserve another.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer criticized Trump’s decision, calling it “petty,” ‘‘small” and “vindictive.” The Maryland Democrat said it was “unbecoming of the president of the United States.”

In turn, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Pelosi, asking why she would leave the country when the government is shut down.

McCarthy said to Pelosi: “You’re speaker of the house.”



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 Jan 17, 2019 at 05:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Piffle. Trump wouldn't let her go, so what's the problem?

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 06:47 PM lipa101 Says:

she's not a responsible person - trying to leave the United States supposedly for the interest of the U.S. - when she can't even discuss a deal with the President and her own party
if she would buy a one-way ticket then that's a different story

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 07:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Schiff is a little annoying runt.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 07:22 PM Yitzi1 Says:

Look what load mouths the Democrats are. When Peloci postponed thenState of the Union Address, the Republicans were very quiet. Even though it is a very cold gesture to embarrass the President like this at a time when as it is the government is split. Also, she is treating the President like a child and she is making the State of the Union address like its candy. Every one was very quiet about it and I didn't hear too much criticism against Peloci. However, as soon as the President does a small thing to her by not lend his aircraft to her, all of a sudden some of the Democrats start making a lot of noice.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 08:57 PM Phineas Says:

Not a big deal disclosing if she wasn't going to be able to go.

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 Jan 18, 2019 at 02:22 AM Pelosi Schumer DNC Shutdown Says:

The Pelosi Schumer Democrat Party No Border Security Shutdown Continues.

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 Jan 18, 2019 at 10:20 AM Educated Archy Says:

I am just rolling at the gelechter Trump made of these dems.

He who laughs last laughs best. This is why we elected him. No messing with him.

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