Donald Trump is still unhappy with the congressional Democrats because they won’t fund his border wall. While he has no plans to lift the government shutdown, he’s continuing to play hardball with the lawmakers.
On Friday, the White House issued a new rule that would require lawmakers to get the administration’s written permission to travel on government aircraft.
“Under no circumstances during a government shutdown, will any government-owned, rented, leased or chartered support any Congressional delegation, without the express written approval of the White House Chief of Staff,” wrote Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, referring to Mick Mulvaney.
According to the New York Post, the letter also says no federal funds can be used for such travel without Mulvaney’s permission. The rule comes a day after Trump grounded a flight to Afghanistan on a military plane planned by House SpeakerNancy Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers at the last minute.
Trump tweeted in response to Pelosi canceling her military flight to visit troops in Afghanistan and his decision for making strict travel rules for them.
“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Trump wrote.
“I also feel that, 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.” He added, “Obviously if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”