President Donald Trump on Thursday sent a letter telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that her scheduled trip to Egypt, Brussels and Afghanistan “has been postponed.”
Trump’s letter to Pelosi came just a day after the speaker urged him in a letter of her own to reschedule his upcoming State of the Union address to Congress or deliver it in writing.
“We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over,” Trump said in a letter to Pelosi, referring to the nearly four-week-long partial shutdown of the government over border security disputes between the president and Democratic lawmakers.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” Trump added.
NBC News confirmed Thursday that Trump aimed to stop the trip because such official travel engagements would require the use of federally funded military aircraft.
It was not immediately clear when Pelosi’s trip was scheduled to occur. A representative for Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Trump’s letter, which was released in a tweet by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.