On Wednesday, Pelosi affected all but disinfected Trump from giving the Union address in the House Chamber, initially quoting security issues and suggesting the President wait until the end was over. On Thursday, Trump withdrew and canceled Pelos's unannounced plan to visit US troops in Afghanistan along with a congressional delegation that effectively blew the cover of what is normally a secret trip.
Here is a look at the factors surrounding Trump's movement to keep Pelosi and other lawmakers capable of using military transport during the interruption.
Does this have anything to do with shutdown?
Not directly. The Ministry of Defense has been fully funded since September, and the trip would not necessarily require employees affected by the decommissioning to come together.
In his letter, Trump argued that the trip would prevent Pelosi from entering into negotiations to end the closure. (It should be noted that the President visited Iraq at the end of December at the end.)
Is Trump allowed to do this?
Pretty much. When it comes to military aviation support for congressional delegations (CODEL), the Assistant Secretary for Defense of Legislation ̵
1; with few exceptions – must unsubscribe. But the President, as we have seen, can intervene and deny the request as he, as chief commander, has authority over the military.
As announced in a note
sent out by the Office of Management and Budget Friday morning, all congressional delegations are now prohibited from using any "state-owned, rented, rented or chartered aircraft" without the approval of acting whites house manager Mick Mulvaney.
Could she fly commercial?
Not really. In his letter to Pelosi, Trump said she was free to fly commercially. And, according to her press office, she tried.
At night, the state department updated its security threat assessment for the journey according to Pelosiâ € ™ s office
as it considered it more dangerous because of Trump's decision to make the trip public. Referring to these security issues, the delegation canceled the voyage.
Because Parliament's Speaker is Vice-President of the presidential election, behind the Vice President, military security is often required to travel to high-risk areas, even though the speaker is able to fly commercially. Whether one of the stops on the tour includes a visit to US military personnel stationed in a war zone like Afghanistan, the speaker cannot go without military help.
Has this ever happened before?
Yes and no.
We couldn't find another instance where a president had appointed special congressmen and denied their CODEL request. It is also unprecedented that a president will inform the public about CODEL travel plans to a war zone, which, according to Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill, raised the state's threat level in the travel safety assessment.
There is a precedent for speakers who prevent certain members of the Congress from traveling abroad. In 2015, President John Boehner, a republican in Ohio, rejected the Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert's planned trip to Egypt and Africa. (Boehner did the same for Republican rep. Steve King of Iowa earlier this year.) Previously, members of Congress have been limited in their ability to travel to certain countries due to military operations in the area and resource issues.
According to retired Admiral and CNN analyst John Kirby, lawmakers were temporarily denied CODEL requests to war zones during President Barack Obama's term of office due to seizure and security issues by military officials. Although Kirby noted, the ban used both Republicans and Democrats and did not distribute a particular congressman, whom Trump did before his administration issued a blanket ban.