Get. Him. Out. Of. Office.

After Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote Donald Trump a letter suggesting he not give his State of the Union address during the shutdown, Donald Trump retaliated by writing Pelosi a letter telling her she was no longer allowed to go on her planned trip to Afghanistan (because Mr. Insult can't even come up with his own ideas anymore).

This was bad for a whole lot of reasons — and, despite the fact that the president doesn't have the authority to permanently ground members of Congress, Trump's bullshit has now forced Pelosi to cancel her trip.

Sam Stein at the Daily Beast reports:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's deputy chief of staff claimed on Twitter Friday that the Trump administration had leaked the speaker's plans to fly commercially to Afghanistan to complete her scheduled visit with U.S. troops — and that because of the leak, the trip has now been canceled.

The drama began yesterday when [Donald] Trump canceled Pelosi's original trip to Afghanistan, for which the speaker planned to use military aircraft, noting that she should not leave the country until the shutdown has ended. In his letter to Pelosi, he invited her to fly commercially instead.

"After [Donald] Trump revoked the use of military aircraft to travel to Afghanistan, the delegation was prepared to fly commercially to proceed with this vital trip to meet with our commanders and troops on the front lines," Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hamill wrote on Twitter, noting that "In the middle of the night, State Dept's Diplomatic Security Service provided an updated threat assessment detailing that the President announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased danger to the delegation & to troops, security, & other officials supporting trip."

Hamill added that "This morning, we learned that the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well."

"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," he said.
Not only was Trump just being a belligerent shit to Pelosi, punishing her because of her position regarding his delivering a State of the Union address during a shutdown — for which there are legitimate security concerns — but he stopped her from a key diplomatic mission: "She was scheduled with other members to visit NATO commanders in Brussels and troops in Afghanistan over the next several days."

That's right — Pelosi was going to stop in Brussels to meet with NATO leaders, presumably to reassure them that the Democratic leadership does not share Trump's view of NATO and the United States' responsibility to our allies.

Stopping her from that mission is sure to make Vladimir Putin very pleased with his White House puppet.

For fuck's sake.

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