Washington (CNN)Over the past few days, the political gridlock that's led to the longest government shutdown in US history has devolved into a tit-for-tat between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Pelosi all but dis-invited Trump from giving the State of the Union address in the House chamber, initially citing security concerns and suggesting the President wait until the shutdown was over. On Thursday, Trump hit back and canceled Pelosi's undisclosed plan to visit US troops in Afghanistan along with a congressional delegation, effectively blowing the cover for what is normally a secret trip.
Here's a look at the factors surrounding Trump's move to keep Pelosi and other lawmakers from using military transport during the shutdown.
Does this have anything to do with the shutdown?
Not directly. The Department of Defense has been fully funded since September and the trip would not necessarily require furloughed employees affected by the shutdown to come along.
In his letter, Trump argued that the trip would prevent Pelosi from entering negotiations to end the shutdown. (It should be noted that the President visited Iraq in late December during the shutdown.)
Is Trump allowed to do this?
Pretty much. When it comes to military airlift support for congressional delegations (CODEL) the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs -- with a few exceptions -- has to sign off. But, the president can, as we have seen, intervene and deny the request since, as commander in chief, he has authority over the military.
As announced in a memo sent out from the Office of Management and Budget on Friday morning, all congressional delegations are now prohibited from using any "government owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft" without the approval of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
Could she fly commercial?
Not really. In his letter to Pelosi, Trump said that she was free to fly commercial. And, according to her press office, she tried to.
Overnight, the State Department updated its security threat assessment for the trip, according to Pelosi's office, deeming it to be more dangerous because of Trump's decision to make the trip public. Citing these security concerns, the delegation canceled the trip.
Because the Speaker of the House is second in line for presidential succession, behind the vice president, military security is often required for travel to high-risk areas even if the speaker is able to fly commercial. Regardless, if one of the stops on the trip includes a visit to US military personnel stationed in a war zone like Afghanistan, the speaker can't go without military assistance.
Has this ever happened before?
Yes and no.
We could not find another instance where a president had singled out particular members of Congress and denied their CODEL request. It's also unprecedented that a president would alert the public to CODEL travel plans to a war zone, which according to Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill, raised the State Department's threat level in the trip's security assessment.
There is precedent for speakers preventing particular members of Congress from traveling overseas. In 2015, Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, disapproved Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert's planned trip to Egypt and Africa. (Boehner did the same to Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa earlier that year.)
In the past, members of Congress have been limited in their ability to travel to certain countries due to military operations in the area and resource concerns.
According to retired Rear Admiral and CNN analyst John Kirby, lawmakers were temporarily denied CODEL requests to war zones during President Barack Obama's tenure due to sequestration and security concerns from military officials. Though, Kirby noted, the ban applied to both Republicans and Democrats and did not single out a particular member of Congress, as Trump did before his administration issued a blanket ban.
JOHN2019-01-18 19:02:14 Newsകുട്ടിക്കോരങ്ങമ്മാരെ കൊണ്ട് ഇമ്മാതിരി തോന്ന്യവാസം ചെയ്യിക്കുന്നു കുറെ നികൃഷ്ട ജീവികൾ. രാജ്യത്തെ നീതി ന്യായ വ്യവസ്ഥയെ മാനിക്കാത്ത തെമ്മാടിക്കൂട്ടം ക്രിസ്ത്യാനി ആണത്രേ. ഞായറാഴ്ചകളിൽ മദ്ബഹായിൽ കയറി സഹോദര സ്നേഹത്തെ കുറിച്ച് ഗീർവാണം അടിക്കും. അന്യന്റെ ചിലവിൽ പുട്ടടിക്കുന്ന പുരോഹിത വർഗ്ഗമേ നാണമില്ലേ യേശുവിന്റെ പേര് ഉച്ചരിക്കാൻ നിങ്ങള്ക്ക്
ഏ.സി.ജോർജ്, ഹ്യൂസ്റ്റൺ, യു. സ്. എ .2019-01-18 18:53:45 News
ഈ മലയാളി സാരഥികളെ: മലയാള
സംസ്കാരത്തിൻടേയും ഉയർച്ചക്കും വളർച്ചക്കും
നിങ്ങൾ ചെയ്യുന്ന സേവനങ്ങൾ അതി
മഹത്തരങ്ങളാണ് . വിനീതമായി, എല്ലാ
ആശംസകളും നിങ്ങൾക്ക് നേരുന്നു .
ഈ വിഷയത്തെ ആസ്പദമാക്കി
ഒത്തിരി എഴുതണമെന്നുണ്ട് . പക്ഷ,
സമയം, ക്ഷമ കുറവു, കൊണ്ടു അധികം
കുറച്ചൊക്കെ ഈ ആശയമോ
അതുൾകൊള്ളുന്നതുമായോ ഒരു ലേഖന
പരമ്പര ഞാൻ ഈ
മലയാളിയിൽ 6 ചാപ്റ്റർ
ആയി പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ചിരുന്നു .
ഈമലയാളിക്കു നന്ദി. ആ ആറു ചാപ്റ്ററിൻഡേയും ലിങ്കുകൾ
ഒരു പുനർ വായനക്കായി
ഈമലയാളിയിൽ നിന്ന് തന്നെ
എടുത്ത് അടിയിൽ കൊടുക്കുന്നു. അതു വായിക്കുമല്ലോ . അതു
വഴി ഞാനും നിങ്ങളുടെ
അനുഗ്രഹത്തോടെ ഈ ചർച്ചയിൽ
Abraham Lincoln2019-01-18 16:11:16 NewsDo not enforce, hitler rule in the Sabha. Whether in the religion/sabha or country, you cannpot encforce dictatorship in the name of decipline. This is a democratic age. There must be accountability and "Sudharitha". You cannot coverup any wrong doings in the same of Sinad, edyalekhanm, or decipline. Actually action should be taken against such religious authorites, who try to enforce hitlarisam in the sabha. It is not your sabha or personal property. It is the common property of the Syromalabar church, the head is jesus christ. OK. And you are bound by Indian constitutin and indian rule of law. OK. You are not GOD.
The powers of our federal (national) government are divided into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. The branches are separate but equal. Trump cannot cancel Nancy Pelosi's trip. What he did is, he cancelled the Air force plain and the congressional delegation were supposed to go. It is important for the person who write this report clear the confusion to the public and that is good journalism. Telling lie is the habit of Trump and his followers and that is not going to work. As per the latest Buzz feed report, and if it is proved to be correct, Trump's forged kingdom is going to be collapsed. His own pick for the Attorney General will be his hangman. I feel sorry for all the Trump supporters. If people don't have analytical thinking power, they will become the victims of the biggest conman in the world.
Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place.
John Milton (1608-1674) English poet.
There is a pretty good chance that Pelosi become the first American woman President. Pence is dump and he is alleged to be a partner in crime.
What is wrong? with this guy2019-01-18 09:15:29 Newstrump said he defeated ISIS so Nanacy has no threat as per the LIE he said.After that 4 soldiers got killed. Nancy is the Next President. rump revealed her travel plans it is endangering the Speaker of the House. Meanwhile, his 3 rd wife is flying to FL in a Military Aircraft.
someone need to put an ice bag on tom & bobby's empty head.
Tom Tom2019-01-18 09:08:37 NewsIthellamkudi panithu kutti ivamar thamasiyathe adi thudangum.
Vayankkaran2019-01-18 09:04:14 NewsEee ana mandante anakkam kurachunal kettilla. Akathayirunnirikkum!!!