President Trump has responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and his letter is a grand slam.
In a letter issued Thursday from the White House, Trump notifies the House Speaker that her planned overseas trips to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan will have to be postponed due to the partial government shutdown.
Here it is:
Dear Madame Speaker:
Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate. I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.
I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it so desperately deserves!
The letter follows Pelosi's letter to Trump sent on Wednesday, requesting he send a written version of his State of the Union address instead of giving the traditional speech to Congress, because she had "security concerns" for the event due to the shutdown.
Pelosi's letter may have started a war of words that she was not prepared for.