Skip to comments.Fact-checking Trump's move against Pelosi's Afghanistan trip (she brings loved ones to a war zone?)
Posted on 01/19/2019 5:15:37 AM PST by Liz
Pelosi disinvited Trump from giving his SOTU initially citing security concerns. Then Pelosi's undisclosed plan to Afghanistan with a congressional delegation of seven members, and numerous other family members totaling a party of 93 traveling on the taxpayers' dime was cancelled.
The assistant Secy of Defense for legislative affairs -- with a few exceptions -- has to sign off to military airlift support for congressional delegations (CO/DEL) . But, the president can intervene. As commander in chief, he has authority over the military. In a later OMB memo, all congressional delegations are now prohibited from using "government owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft" without the approval of acting White House COS Mick Mulvaney.
According to her press office, Pelosi tried to fly commercial but the State Dept updated its security threat assessment, deeming it to be more dangerous because of he decision to make the trip public. Citing these security concerns, the delegation canceled the trip. One stop included a visit to US military personnel in a war zone, so the speaker can't go without military assistance.
We could not find another instance where a president denied particular members of Congress their CODEL request. It's also unprecedented that a president would alert the public to CODEL travel plans to a war zone. According to Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill, raised the State Dept's threat level assessment. There is precedent for speakers preventing particular members of Congress from traveling overseas.
According to retired Rear Admiral and CNN analyst John Kirby, lawmakers were temporarily denied CODEL requests to war zones during Obama's tenure due to sequestration and security concerns from military officials. Though, Kirby noted, the ban applied to both Republicans and Democrats and did not single out a particular member of Congress, as Trump did before his administration issued a blanket ban.
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CNN + fact-checking = LOL
This was an obvious boondoggle to Brussels restaurants and luxurious hotels covered by a half hour tour in a war zone among our troops who, to Nancy, smell like Walmart smells to Strozk. Good for the president!
Pelosi flying the grandkids to Afghanistan? Good grief, the woman is truly iinsane.
Did they have a roster of who was traveling? Does anyone know if its typical to have a delegation from only one party? I wonder why so little information has come out on this.
<><> family in tow, a plane full of fine wines and the best booze.......now gone.
<><> so-called “pilot rest stop” in Brussels (for sight seeing, luxe dining, drinking) gone.
<><> stop in Egypt for ritzy dining, sight seeing, gone.
<><> the mile-high Congressional booza-a-thon....gone.
My question——is Pelosi a Speaker-——or a travel agent?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday accused President Trump of putting her life in danger by publicly nixing her top-secret trip to a war zone in Afghanistan and then leaking her backup plans to travel commercially.
She wanted this kept top secret for obvious reasons.
We do know-—as the cancellation epic wore on——that only seven elected members were traveling-—the total party consisted of 93 people.
Obviously, Pelosi extorted the taxpayers to giveaway free trips to her hand-picked relatives and buddies
Trump putting Pelosi’s life in danger is AOK with me. Pelosi puts every American’s life in danger.
If she is, it is for Abercromie & Kent.
Imagine all the museums of Belgium and Egypt closed to tourists so that Queen Nancy and her rag-tag family can have a private tour and handle objet d’arts that are off-limits to the Walmart crowd.
“Granny did not tell us the truth. She is not as powerful or important as the President”
There is also a video of her at the CNN web site .... continuing her jihad against Trump.....if you can stand watching it.
She’s been embarrassed by Trump, and outed for her lies, before the entire world........God knows what she’ll do next.
Trump better increase HIS security.
Security? Like anyone wants to do harm to pelosi.
“This was an obvious boondoggle to Brussels restaurants and luxurious hotels”
The stop in Brussels was for the pilot to “rest.” Well the MAC or now AMC flights that I flew on would stop in the Azores to refuel then on to Sicily, Naples and Bahrain. No rest for the pilot! Of course that was the Navy’s flight itinerary.
I didn’t see 93 people on the Congressional bus. Is there independent confirmation of the passenger manifest?
“Pelosi says Trump put her life in danger”
Headline: Nancy Pelosi puts her grandchildren’s lives in danger flying them to active war zones.
"Being Queen of the Hill with a gavel is not as nice as I thought it'd be."
It’s been all over the net.
Elected members were in that bus.....probably the overflow rode on other military transport.
Good grief! Someone needs to get that roster, along with the food and beverage ordered, hotel reservations etc and leak it.
BOL.....yeah, that is a contradiction in terms.
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