- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Members of the House Freedom Caucus invited Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday to join them for a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend.

“Speaker Pelosi, you can join Rep. Andy Biggs and me at the border this weekend in Arizona,” Rep. Paul Gosar, a Freedom Caucus member, wrote on Twitter.

Rep. Tedd Budd of North Carolina, another Freedom Caucus member, said the trip would be a chance for the speaker to “understand the importance of solving this crisis.”

“I’ll even let you have the aisle seat!” he added.

The offers came just hours after President Trump grounded Mrs. Pelosi and a handful of other House Democrats by refusing to allow them to take a military plane on a trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan.

“During this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown,” Mr. Trump wrote in a letter to Mrs. Pelosi. “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”

Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, praised the president’s decision while criticizing Mrs. Pelosi and other Democrats for traveling during the shutdown.

“Bravo to POTUS,” he tweeted. “The Speaker (and all members) should stay in Washington until Democrats can compromise and secure our southern border.”

The shutdown reached its 27th day Thursday, with political leaders no closer to making a deal.

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