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Pelosi Cancels Afghanistan Trip, Accuses WH of Leaking Commercial Flight Plans

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) canceled a visit to Afghanistan Friday, after accusing the White House of leaking the congressional delegation’s commercial travel plans to the war zone.

The allegations come a day after President Donald Trump rescinded Pelosi and other Democrats’ access to a military aircraft for a seven-day foreign trip.

“We weren’t going to go because we had a report from Afghanistan that the president outing our trip had made feet on the ground much more dangerous because it’s a signal to bad actors that we’re coming,” Pelosi told reporters on Friday. “The fact that they would leak that we were flying commercial is a danger not only to us but to other people.

The White House denied leaking the speaker’s flight plans, insisting the accusation is 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 White House said. “The idea we would leak anything that would put the safety and security of any American at risk is a flat out lie.”

Pelosi refused to explain how she learned the White House allegedly leaked the details of her trip to the warzone, but without corroboration insists the disclosure of her travel plans is “very irresponsible on the part of the president.”

Sen. Mark Warner claimed Trump broke the law by revealing Pelosi’s plan to visit Afghanistan.

“I don’t understand if Mr. Trump understands the laws and procedures in our country,” Warner told CBS. “I don’t know what Speaker Pelosi is doing, not doing. Sometimes members take trips into dangerous areas, and only announced after the fact.”

“If someone had revealed about the president’s trip beforehand, around Christmas when he went to the warzone – if someone had revealed that beforehand, that would have been a violation of law, policy. And procedure,” he continued. “I don’t know why what the president may have done today isn’t that same kind of violation.”

Trump notified Pelosi in a letter Thursday that he was revoking access to the plane for her trip to Egypt, Brussels and Afghanistan, as tensions between the two escalate amid the ongoing partial government shutdown which has entered its 28th day.

“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I’m sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” the president wrote. “I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the border security movement to end the shutdown.

Trump said Pelosi is free to make the visit on a commercial plane.

“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” he wrote.

Democrats were slated to depart to Afghanistan at 3pm EST on Sunday, according to the White House.

“After President Trump revoked the use of military aircraft to travel to Afghanistan, the delegation was prepared to fly commercially to proceed with this vital trip to meet with our commanders and troops on the front lines,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, said in a statement

The shutdown, which has resulted in 800,000 federal workers getting furloughed or working without pay, stems from a disagreement over funding for a barrier at the nation’s southern border. Trump is demanding $5.7 billion in funding for a wall but Democrats won’t sign off on it.

The president will make an announcement Saturday afternoon regarding the situation, according to the White House.


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