JESSICA KWONG, NEWSWEEK|AIWA! NO!|Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called President Donald Trump’s letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi postponing her upcoming trips to Afghanistan, Brussels and Egypt “inappropriate” on Thursday afternoon
The South Carolina senator tweeted that “one sophomoric response does not deserve another,” referencing Pelosi’s Wednesday letter to Trump stating that his State of the Union address should be postponed until after the government shutdown. Graham called her threat “very irresponsible and blatantly political.”
“President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate,” Graham tweeted.
One sophomoric response does not deserve another. Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political.
President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate.1,0758:00 PM – Jan 17, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy2,252 people are talking about this
In a separate tweet, Graham elaborated: “I am glad the Speaker wants to meet our troops and hear from our commanders and allies. I am very disappointed she’s playing politics with the State of the Union.”
He concluded that he wished “our political leadership could find the same desire to work for common goals as those who serve our nation in uniform and other capacities.”
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In his letter to Pelosi about the planned trip, Trump wrote, “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.”
The president added: “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”
Senator Lindsey Graham (left) listens to President Donald Trump make an announcement regarding the First Step Act prison reform bill, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, on November 14, 2018. Graham said Trump canceling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip after she suggesting postponing his State of the Union address was “inappropriate.” MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES