In a playground tit-for-tat, Trump told Nancy Pelosi that he was canceling her military transport for her ‘excursion’ to Belgium, Egypt, and Afghanistan. In a letter to the Speaker, he said:

Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed.

He then added his reasoning:

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. 

Trump’s favorite gambit is to demean, and here he smears Pelosi’s trip to the troops. But it is hard to see how it was a ‘public relations event’ when no one knew it was happening. And if it was, then how is it different than his visit to the troops in Iraq during the shutdown.

Her stop in Brussels that was mandated by regulations covering pilot flying times. And the delegation was using the stopover to meet with top NATO officials and assure them of Congress’ iron commitment to the defense organization.

Egypt he just made up — it wasn’t on the agenda. 

He did allow that the Speaker had the prerogative to fly on commercial aircraft if she so chose. But as he had announced her itinerary he knows that act would place Pelosi in great peril. 

His satisfaction at his spite was short lived as many quickly pointed out that an administration delegation was being sent to the economic summit in Davos next week. The White House was forced to quickly declare that outing had also been nixed.

But Trump’s concern for the 800,000 great American workers didn’t stop Melania Trump using a military transport to flee to Florida. The sharp eyes at CivMilAir tweeted this:

#MelaniaForceOne – An hour on, 32,000ft heading towards Florida.Place your bets for PBI

USAF C-32A 98-0001 EXEC1F

I’m guessing Trump thought he could get away with this. But everything he does rebounds to his detriment. Pelosi’s trip to Afghanistan had value. Even his administration’s mission to Davos had a purpose. But those trips are no more. But the First Lady still jets hither and yon for what reason no one knows. She does nothing. And Trump has no time for her.

Let her stay in Florida. But as son Barron attends St Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland, I imagine that she is traveling with him for some sunshine over the extended Martin Luther King Jr. Day extended weekend and she will be jetting back north on Monday. While 800,000 great American workers are still not receiving pay.

That’s the Trumps for you.


Ninja Nancy Pelosi Is on a Roll. Her Letter to Trump Is more Proof.

January 18, 2019

Today Nancy Pelosi told Trump he could shove his State of the Union. Yesterday no Democrats attended Trump’s shutdown lunch summit/photo op. And this follows her sunglassed, James Bond style, ass-kicking of Trump in December’s “I’ll own the shutdown” whine-fest. She even alpha-dogged Schumer to show where the true center of the Democratic universe is. Two […]

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Mattis’ Resignation Letter Tells Trump He Isn’t Keeping America Great.

December 20, 2018

Gen. James Mattis quit as Secretary of Defense. It is no surprise that a man as steeped in military tradition would resign rather than work for a man who formulates his capricious military policies on the fly – without consulting the men and women who have made the military their lifetime study.  The straw that broke the […]

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A Little Girl Shows Conservatives Just Don’t Give a Damn.

December 16, 2018

A seven-year-old girl sets out with her father on a journey of 2,000 miles to seek asylum in the US. Conditions in her Guatemalan village were so dire that this dirty, exhausting trek across an inhospitable terrain seemed a better option than staying amidst fear and squalor. On arrival in the US, she is detained by border agents. Then, after eight hours […]

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From Argentina to Twitter, Trump Shows Evidence of Mental Decline.

December 10, 2018

Trump did not have a good weekend at the G-20 in Buenos Aires. He appeared befuddled when he wandered off the stage after shaking hands with President Macri of Argentina instead of staying for the ‘family photo’. And a mic caught him telling the aide who chased him down “Get me out of here”. Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin […]

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Trump’s Profound Disregard for the US Military Continues.

November 29, 2018

Trump told reporters today we shouldn’t worry about the troops spending Thanksgiving at the border because they are “tough people”. I’m sure they are. And no one signs up for the military thinking it’s going to be a 9-5 job with holidays off. Hardships are expected. But no good commander sends his troops to suffer hardships pointlessly. And what of […]

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The Conservative Base is Scared Witless. And Has Been for Years.

November 3, 2018

Conservatives love to be scared. And Trump loves to scare them. Rational Americans look at a caravan of desperate, hungry, thirsty, dirty vagabonds and see a people yearning to be free. But Trump paints them as terrorists, gang-bangers and drug dealers — rapists in their spare time — and his acolytes eat it up.  This fear is […]

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Trump Is no Hitler. So Which Autocrat Does He Most Closely Resemble?

October 21, 2018

Let’s play the dictator game. Trump‘s authoritarian tendencies have invited comparisons to autocrats across the centuries. So let’s ask which of these men — and they are invariably men — does Trump most resemble. I’ll leave out the Asian contingent as the cultural divide makes comparisons hard. Predictably the first name thrown around is ‘Hitler’. It’s a cheap […]

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Sarah Sanders Ignores Trump’s Immorality to Celebrate His ‘Unconventionality’.

September 23, 2018

 Donald Trump presented evangelicals with a superficial dilemma. He could deliver their dream of a conservative Supreme Court for decades, but the cost of this was supporting a man who was the antithesis of all they stood for. I said it was a superficial dilemma because Trump is exactly what they stand for. Victory without […]

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