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Nancy Pelosi Defends Vacation During Shutdown: Trump May Not Know ‘Hawaii is Part of the United States’

Representative Nancy Pelosi defended her holiday vacation in Hawaii during an ongoing government shutdown in a wide-ranging interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.  Pelosi’s trip to Hawaii became something of a talking point on conservative media outlets as President Donald Trump opted to spend his holiday break in the White House instead of traveling to his Palm Beach home Mar-a-Lago.

Guthrie mentioned a “swipe” taken by President Trump about Pelosi’s family vacation, to which the presumptive Speaker replied “I observed the Christmas holiday for a few days and I cut in time half the time I would have had.”

Guthrie followed up “Is that a cheap shot?”

After claiming this to be something of a trivial distraction, Pelosi replied: “the fact is we all stood ready and told our members we’ll have 24 hours notice for all of us to be where we need to be.” She then added “the president may not know this, but Hawaii is part of the United States of America. Maybe he doesn’t realize that. I don’t know where the president observed the religious holiday of Christmas. Do you?”

Watch the segment above, courtesy of NBC.

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