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Just one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Trump he could not hold his State of the Union address in the House, due to the government shutdown, President Trump struck back – by cancelling Pelosi’s scheduled international trip, less than an hour before she was to depart.

Pelosi and other lawmakers had reportedly already boarded a U.S. Air Force bus that was to take them to Joint Base Andrews for their flight.

Journalist Edward Lawrence tweeted out a photo of the bus parked in the street, writing, “President Donald Trump just sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying her trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. She and other lawmakers are on the bus already to go to the airport.”

Shortly thereafter, the bus pulled away from Capitol Hill. It reportedly made a loop and then returned to the Capitol. Fox News reported that a group of lawmakers got off the bus and walked back into the Capitol building.

President Trump wrote in his letter to Pelosi, just prior to her departure:

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. 

The White House confirmed to Fox News that all congressional travel aboard military aircraft has been postponed until after the government shutdown is over.

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