First lady Melania flies to Florida on government jet after Trump postpones Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Afghanistan due to shutdown

CNBC | 1/17/2019 | Kevin Breuninger
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First Lady Melania Trump flew to Florida on a government jet Thursday for a weekend vacation, hours after President Donald Trump dramatically postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip with other members of Congress to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, NBC confirmed, citing a law enforcement source.

President Trump cited the ongoing government shutdown as his reason for postponing Pelosi's travel plans, shortly before she and her team were scheduled to depart on a military plane.

Pelosi - Trump - Actions - President - Wife

While Pelosi was practically grounded by Trump's actions, the president's wife headed to Joint Base Andrews for her own trip on a military aircraft, NBC said.

The first lady is expected to be in Florida for the holiday weekend at her family's private Mar-a-Lago resort, according to NBC, which reported that the president is set to stay in Washington.

CNN - Flight - Palm - Beach

CNN said the flight to Palm Beach was previously scheduled.

The flight was officially designated EXEC1F, a call-sign known to be used when members of a president's family are aboard a military plane. The jet was a Boeing C32-A, which is the same kind of plane used to transport the president, the first lady, the vice president and the secretary of state.

Lady - Spokeswoman - White - House - Request

Neither the first lady's spokeswoman nor the White House immediately responded to a request for comment from CNBC.

President Trump's abrupt move to postpone Pelosi's travel overseas came a day after the California Democrat urged Trump in a letter to either reschedule his upcoming State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress or deliver it in writing.

Pelosi - Security - Concerns - Shutdown - Members

Pelosi cited potential security concerns related to the partial shutdown. She was scheduled with other members to visit NATO commanders in Brussels and troops in Afghanistan over the next several...
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