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Top Pelosi Staffer Calls Out Trump’s Hypocrisy After Trip Cancellation: He ‘Traveled to Iraq’ During Shutdown

After President Donald Trump cancelled a trip to Brussels and Afghanistan planned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the lawmaker’s Deputy Chief-of-Staff Drew Hammill pointed to the president’s own travels abroad during the shutdown.

“The President traveled to Iraq during the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican CODEL led by Rep. Zeldin,” Hammill wrote, shortly after Trump sent a letter to Pelosi stating, “I am sorry to inform you that your trip… has been postponed” due to “the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay.”

In a previous tweet, Hammill said the trip included a stop in Brussels so lawmakers could assure top NATO leaders that the U.S. is still committed to the alliance.

“The CODEL to Afghanistan included a required stop in Brussels for pilot rest,” he wrote. “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.”

Despite prior reports stating otherwise, Hammill noted the speaker’s travels “did not include a stop in Egypt.”

“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,” he concluded.

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