- The Washington Times - Friday, January 18, 2019

After President Trump canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s military jet transport, he said she could fly commercial on her visit to Afghanistan.

Now her office says the administration ruined those plans, too, by revealing them. That has ruined the possibility of flying commercial, said Drew Hammill, Mrs. Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff.

“In light of the grave threats caused by the president’s action, the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights,” Mr. Hammill said on Twitter.

He said that after the president publicly canceled the Air Force jet Mrs. Pelosi had been poised to take for a trip to Belgium and Afghanistan, they had tried to arrange commercial travel — as Mr. Trump had said in his letter.

But the president’s very public reveal of the trip already made it dangerous.



Mr. Hammill said the State Department informed them overnight that “the president announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased danger to the delegation & to troops, security & other officials supporting trip.”

“This morning, we learned that the administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well,” he said.

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