Donald Trump is clearly not a smart man. He says and does things that no intellectual would ever say or do, yet he is allowed to continue speaking to the public from his very public platform. More than once he has risked national security by running his mouth, and his staffers are apparently waiting for him to mess up so bad that he can’t come back from it, because no one seems to worry much about what’s going to come out of the president’s mouth.
Now, he has screwed up a trip for Nancy Pelosi by releasing details of her schedule that compromised the House Speaker’s security.
Thursday, the president sent a letter to Pelosi, essentially cancelling her trip to Brussels and Afghanistan that was set to happen in the near future. Trump gave no reason for the cancellation, and dismissed the trip and a “public relations event.”
Trump said this:
“We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the shutdown is over. 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.”
Pelosi then booked commercial tickets to take the trip regardless of Trump, but was informed that, due to the president’s gaping face hole, she would not be safe if she were to make the trip right now.
It is believed that Trump did this in retaliation to Pelosi’s suggestion that he release a written State of the Union speech due to the security issues that the government shutdown has brought.
Pelosi’s team released the following statement about the abrupt cancellation:
“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.”
Pelosi’s chief of staff continued:
“In the middle of the night, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service provided an updated threat assessment detailing that the President announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased the danger to the delegation and to the troops, security, and other officials supporting the trip. This morning, we learned that the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well.”
Pelosi’s spokesperson ended on a disappointed note:
“In light of the grave threats caused by the President’s action, the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights.”