Fact Check: Nancy Pelosi Claims Democrats Planned to Fly Commercial (from an Air Force Base)

Breitbart | 1/18/2019 | Staff
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday canceled a trip to Afghanistan, claiming that she planned on flying commercial to the war zone but opted against it after President Donald Trump revealed she was making the journey.

“After President Trump revoked the use of military aircraft to travel to Afghanistan, the delegation was prepared to fly commercially to proceed with this vital trip to meet with our commanders and troops on the front lines,” Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, said in a statement.

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In the middle of the night, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service provided an updated threat assessment detailing that the President announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased the danger to the delegation and to the troops, security, and other officials supporting the trip. This morning, we learned that the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well.

In a Thursday letter to Pelosi, President Trump notified the speaker that he was revoking access to the plane for her trip to Egypt, Brussels, and Afghanistan, writing: “In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I’m sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.”

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“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,” he continued. President Trump said Pelosi was welcome to fly on a commercial plane to make the visit. “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” he wrote.

Hammill’s statement on Democrats’ purported plan to fly commercial is not backed by any evidence, particularly considering that photos and videos from Thursday show House Democrats slated to accompany her were stuck on a U.S. Airforce bus traveling to Andrews...
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