The political landscape of the United States seems to have taken a turn for worse. While the two contrary parties are in power, the diplomatic clashes have soared. The ongoing feud between the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump is hitting hard on the existing crack.
On Thursday, Trump retaliated by shooting back at Pelosi, scrapping her planned trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan, calling it a “public relations” event. In a letter from the White House, Trump wrote that they will “reschedule this seven-day excursion when the shutdown is over.”
According to Pelosi’s office, the trip would have included meetings with top NATO commanders in Brussels “to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment” to the alliance, and also a visit with the troops serving in Afghanistan.
In a statement, spokesman to Pelosi, Drew Hammill highlighted, “The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation and thanks to our men and women in uniform for their service and dedication, and to obtain critical national security and intelligence briefings from those on the front lines.”
Former Secretary of State John Kerry lambasted the President on Twitter for describing the trip as “a public relations event.”
A senior Democratic aide said that although Republicans were also invited for the trip, only Democrats were scheduled to take part.
Trump’s Thursday announcement meant that no military transportation for the lawmakers to take the journey forward will be provided. However, he wrote to Pelosi, “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”
Trump’s letter came after Pelosi asked him to delay or deliver in writing his second State of the Union address, scheduled for January 29. Like the President’s implicit response, the House Speaker had also stated to consider her request as long as the impasse remains.
Trump also asked the lawmakers to stay in Washington for negotiations, asking them to join the “Strong Border Security movement to end the shutdown.”
Although both sides have been citing concerns related to the ongoing shutdown, none seems staunch in ending it. While the Democrats have taken certain initiatives to convince the President to curtail his demand of $5.7 billion for wall funding, Trump has consistently denied their plea. However, a bent in Congressional Democrats have also not been observed.
While the country is in a battle with the partial government shutdown, the two ruling sides are busy convincing the Americans that their stance is befitting. The two sides seem to be using the impasse for their own political interests, while keeping the national interests at bay.
Being responsible for well-being of the country as well as its people, it will be most likely if the leaders prioritize ending the ongoing issues, instead of escalating them by using the situation against each other.
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