Pelosi Accuses White House of Major Security Breach By Leaking Commercial Flight Plans: ‘Very Dangerous’
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed the media today after stunning developments that saw President Donald Trump postpone a Congressional Delegation trip to US Troops stationed in Afghanistan. The Speaker of the House revealed that she and fellow members of Congress planned to continue their trip to the war-torn region flying commercial, but canceled plans after the President created a security risk by revealing the previously unannounced trip.
Some background: Pelosi and fellow members of Congress learned at 2 p.m. Thursday, while they were on a bus traveling to Andrews Air Force base, that the commander-in-chief nixed their trip to Afghanistan in a personally-penned letter to Pelosi that was tweeted by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
The letter outlined details of the trip and included the line “Obviously if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.” Shortly after this was made public, critics claimed that the President had potentially put the Speaker and fellow Congress members at risk by revealing their plans. CNN’s Jake Tapper was the first to make such a public and reasonable claim.
“A White House official tells CNN that Pelosi and members of Congress are welcome to fly commercial to Afghanistan, a remarkable statement given that the president just announced to the world, including the Taliban, that the speaker of the house was headed there,” Tapper added. “Trump made a similar suggestion in his letter.”
Pelosi hit a very similar note saying “we had the prerogative to travel commercial and we made plans to do that until the administration leaked we were traveling commercially and that endangers us.” She continued “We weren’t going to go because we had a report from Afghanistan that the president outing our trip had made the scene on the ground much more dangerous because it’s just a signal to the bad actors that we’re coming.”
Pelosi added “You never give advance notice of going into a battle area. You just never do,” before throwing shade on Trump with “perhaps the president’s inexperience didn’t have him understand that protocol. The people around him, though, should have known that.”
An unidentified member of the press asked: “You’re accusing the president of endangering the lives of our Americans and our troops.”
Pelosi pushed back saying “that’s what the state Department reported to us,” adding “this is a fact, this isn’t even an opinion. Anyone in the presence of a high-level or any level of the congressional delegation in a region, you heighten the danger. And this was a high power.”
She then finished by explaining who else had planned to join her on this trip, saying “we had the leadership of the intelligence committee, the armed services committee, the veteran affairs committee, the foreign relations committee, government reform committee, subcommittee on terrorism, and we’re very proud of the trip, 20 years in the military.”
Watch above via CNN.
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