Trump Canceled Flight as Pelosi Was Due to Depart

Melania Trump used military aircraft hours later
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2019 5:50 AM CST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – President Trump's extraordinary cancellation of Nancy Pelosi's trip overseas with a congressional delegation happened in dramatic fashion, sources say. Insiders tell Fox that Trump denied use of the military aircraft minutes before the delegation was set to depart the Capitol for Brussels and Afghanistan to meet with NATO leaders and troops. The aircraft had been scheduled to leave at 3pm Thursday, but Trump said in a letter around 2pm that the "public relations exercise" should be postponed until after the government shutdown is over. Politico reports that after Trump's letter was released, a charter bus carrying Democratic lawmakers who were supposed to be on the trip ended up being chased around the Capitol by reporters. Pelosi remained in her office. More:

  • Melania Trump is still flying. Hours after Pelosi's flight was nixed, Politico Playbook co-author Jake Sherman tweeted that he had heard air traffic controllers say EXEC1F was headed to Palm Beach airport. "EXEC1F is typically the callsign for a plane with the first lady on board," he noted.

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