White House Calls Nancy Pelosi’s Accusation That It Leaked Congressional Travel Details a ‘Flat Out Lie’

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After Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused the White House of leaking sensitive Congressional travel information when President Donald Trump canceled her upcoming trip along with other Democrats to Brussels and Afghanistan, the White House is firing back calling the claim a “lie.”

“When the Speaker of the House and about 20 others from Capitol Hill decide to book their own commercial flights to Afghanistan, the world is going to find out,” a White House official said. “The idea we would leak anything that would put the safety and security of any American at risk is a flat out lie.”

The statement comes after Pelosi’s chief of staff Drew Hammil indicated that the speaker and others in her party were preparing to take commercial flights on the trip after the president revoked the use of a military plane for the occasion amid the ongoing government shutdown and accused the White House of leaking that information:

“In the middle of the night, the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service provided an updated threat assessment detailing that the President announcing this sensitive travel had significantly increased the danger to the delegation and to the troops, security, and other officials supporting the trip. This morning, we learned that the Administration had leaked the commercial travel plans as well.”

As a result of the “grave threats caused by the president’s actions,” Hammil went on to say the lawmakers have ultimately decided to delay the trip “so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or other travelers on the flights.”

The back-and-forth comes a day after President Trump sent Pelosi a letter indicating her upcoming travels via a government aircraft were being canceled and encouraging her to take a commercial flight should she wish to still go:

The president’s letter appeared to serve as a response to Pelosi’s earlier letter asking him to postpone the upcoming State of the Union address until the government is reopened or to submit it to Congress in writing instead, citing security concerns:

The Department of Homeland Security, however, later indicated that both the agency and Secret Service were prepared to secure the event. While Pelosi appears to still want to delay the January 29 address, Senate Republicans are already suggesting to hold it in the Senate instead of the House.

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