In his Thursday letter announcing he'd cancelled a military flight meant to carry Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers to Brussels and Afghanistan, President Trump noted that the House Speaker was still free to fly commercial. But on Friday, Pelosi shot back that the White House made that impossible, too. "We had the prerogative to travel commercially, and we made plans to do that until the administration then leaked that we were traveling commercially,” Pelosi said, per the Washington Post. “You never give advance notice of going into a battle area—you just never do it,” she said. The White House, however, denied that it leaked any information about a potential commercial flight and called Pelosi's accusation a "flat-out lie," reports the Hill. The president, meanwhile, doubled down on his move to cancel the military flight in a Friday morning tweet.
"Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid," Trump wrote. His Thursday letter appeared to be in retaliation for Pelosi's earlier request that he reschedule the State of the Union address planned for Jan. 29, or deliver it in writing. The pair have been dueling for some time, with Democrats refusing to provide funding for Trump's proposed border wall. Per USA Today, there are no plans for Trump and Pelosi to meet to resolve the resulting shutdown, now in its 28th day. The president is at least confident in his own party. "Never seen the Republican Party so unified. No 'Cave' on the issue of Border and National Security. A beautiful thing to see," he tweeted Friday. (Read more Nancy Pelosi stories.)