The Trump administration has barred US lawmakers from touring on any government-owned and operated plane with out specific written approval from the White House chief of employees.
ABC News tweeted a duplicate of the memo, which was launched by Office of Management and Budget performing director Russell T. Vought.
Acting OMB chief sends memo stating that “under no circumstances” throughout a shutdown ought to authorities plane be used to help a congressional delegation “without the express written approval of the White House Chief of Staff.”
Earlier, President Trump took to Twitter, attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and different Democrats for attempting to take “a seven day excursion” overseas whereas 800,000 federal staff go unpaid as a result of the shutdown. and here is what Trump’s letter said:
“Due to the Shutdown, I’m sorry to inform you that your journey to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed,” Trump mentioned in a curt letter. “I additionally really feel that, throughout this era, it can be higher should you had been in Washington negotiating with me and becoming a member of the Strong Border Security motion to finish the Shutdown,” Trump added.
Also on Friday, Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Congresswoman Pelosi, mentioned that in addition to blocking use of the army airplane, the White House had additionally leaked the delegation’s plans to fly commercially, thus scuttling the journey.
The White House defended the choice, accusing Pelosi’s employees of ‘flat out mendacity.’