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Trump Chairs A Speaker at Home and Stops The Trip to Davos

WASHINGTON – On January 17, US President Donald Trump forced the cancellation of his Democratic opponent Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Afghanistan and put an end to the move of administration officials to the Davos forum, as the government’s closure plunged Washington deeply in the impasse, AFP reported Friday.
The disorder in the US capital was already skewed as Congress quarreled with the White House over how to end the impasse in its fourth week, when thousands of federal employees were left without pay. But now it is becoming more and more personal between the two main adversaries.
In a sarcastic letter, Trump told Speaker Pelosi, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reprogram this seven-day tour at the end of the stopping period.
I am sure you will agree with me that the postponement of this public relations event is appropriate, he wrote. And in a move to dispel the democratic criticism of the administration’s non-essential travel during the closure, the White House announced the cancellation of a trip to the World Economic Forum by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other great American workers do not receive a salary.
Pelosi and his delegation had planned an unannounced trip to Afghanistan – an active war zone – and had to board a US Air Force plane. His office said Egypt was not on the route.
According to a congressional aide, several lawmakers have already been embarked on buses leaving the US Capitol on January 17 when Trump pulled out.
Trump said Ms. Pelosi could still book her own non-government flights.
“Obviously, if you want to travel on commercial flights, that would certainly be your prerogative,” he wrote.
The cancellation followed Pelosi’s suggestion that Trump would deliver his State of the Union address to Congress on January 29, or do so instead of the White House.
Although she spoke of the effect of the closure on security, she seemed to want to deprive the president of one of his main annual moments in the spotlight.
The White House has denied the blocking of travel expenses, but few have endorsed the argument.
House Democrats who were nominated for the trip were left behind, including new Congressman Elaine Luria, a 20-year-old Marine veteran who said her goal was to express her gratitude to the Americans in uniform and get critical intelligence on the ground.
“it is inappropriate for the President to interfere with our constitutional obligations,” Luria said in a statement.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been acting as arbitrator for Trump and Pelosi for weeks, accused him of “playing politics with the state of the Union.”
But he also attacked Trump, saying “refusing President Pelosi’s military trip to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO.”
A sophomoric answer does not deserve another, said Graham.
The government’s closure is due to Trump’s refusal to allow funding for a multitude of ministries, in retaliation for the Democrat-led House’s refusal to approve its proposed US-Mexico border wall.
This closure has more and more serious consequences throughout the country. For nearly a month, FBI agents, museum staff, US Coast Guard personnel and other officials were ordered to stay at home or be forced to work without pay.
Regular employees will eventually be reimbursed, unlike contractors.
The Democrats and the White House blame each other for the stalemate, with neither side showing signs of retreating.
Trump’s critics quickly pointed out that he himself had visited troops in Iraq during the closure.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he thought the cancellation of a chair of the House’s fact-finding mission in a war zone was a first for a US president.
“We think this is completely inappropriate for the president. We will not allow the President of the United States to tell Congress that he can not fulfill his oversight responsibilities, he can not.”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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