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Drew Hammill, the Deputy Chief of Staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, released a statement on Twitter Thursday afternoon, after President Trump stopped a planned international trip by Pelosi and other lawmakers, less than an hour before their flight was to depart.

The move appeared to be in response to Pelosi’s letter to President Trump on Wednesday, telling him he could not hold his State of the Union address in the House, due to the government shutdown.

The president told Pelosi in a letter Thursday afternoon that her trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan was being postponed, due to the government shutdown, but added that she was quite welcome to continue the trip by flying commercial if she preferred.

People going on the trip were already on an Air Force bus about to depart for the airport when President Trump brought the whole trip to a screeching halt. Soon, people were seen departing the bus and going back into the Capitol.

Hammill blasted out the following statement on Twitter:

The CODEL to Afghanistan included a required stop in Brussels for pilot rest. In Brussels, the delegation was scheduled to meet with top NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies–to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance. (1/4)

This weekend visit to Afghanistan did not include a stop in Egypt. (2/4)

The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication, & to obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines. (3/4)

The President traveled to Iraq during the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican CODEL led by Rep. Zeldin. (4/4)

Hammill then re-tweeted a post by David Gura of NBC News, who noted that the trip by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to the World Economic Forum in Davos is still on.

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