House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff took to Twitter Thursday to explain her top-secret trip to a war zone in Afghanistan after President Trump postponed the trip by refusing to let her use a military plane.
“This weekend visit to Afghanistan did not include a stop in Egypt,” Drew Hammill wrote on Twitter, correcting the president’s claim that Pelosi and other lawmakers were planning to visit the Mideast country as well.
“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,” Hammill wrote.
The canceled visit was known as a codel trip — which means details are kept under wraps until the plane lands safely.
“The CODEL to Afghanistan included a required stop in Brussels for pilot rest. In Brussels, the delegation was scheduled to meet with top NATO commanders, US military leaders and key allies–to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance,” he continued in a series of posts.
He didn’t directly attack Trump — but insinuated that he was being hypocritical because he flew to Iraq during the shutdown.
“The President traveled to Iraq during the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican CODEL led by Rep. Zeldin,” Hammill added.