>> The US President on Thursday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling off her travel plans just before she was set to depart on a three nation visit, quote, due to the shutdown, I'm sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed.
The message from President Trump appears to be punitive in retaliation for Pelosi's request a day earlier that Trump postpone the State of the Union address until a partial government shutdown is resolved. Reuters' Washington correspondent, Amanda Becker.>> With the State of the Union possibly being cancelled, and now this congressional trip being cancelled, I can't imagine that this has made the parties that need to come together more inclined to sit down and have a frank conversation.
>> The Democratic Speaker suggest that the annual address be rescheduled or delivered in writing. Pelosi defended that request Thursday.>> He said, let's get a date when government is open. Let's pay the employees. Maybe he thinks it's okay not to pay people who do work, I don't.>> Trump appears to have taken it personally.
And he responded in kind. The President's letter denied Pelosi the use of military aircraft, stating, obviously if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.>> There has been criticism already even thoguh this just happened that these trips are not publicized for a reason, for national security concerns, their sensitive movements.
It says kinda where various troops are going to be in order to meet with the lawmakers. So there's already been some criticism of the White House by putting this letter out to begin with.>> Nancy Pelosi's Deputy Chief of Staff pointed out on Twitter that Trump had in fact flown to Iraq in the middle of the shut down.
The Secret Service officers who would protect the State of the Union are currently working without pay. The defense department that would have flown Pelosi across the world is fully funded.>> A wall has to be built. We need security at our southern border.>> Earlier in the day, Donald Trump showed no signs of budging from his position that he would not reopen government until Democrats agreed to put $5.7 billion toward a wall on the border with Mexico.
>> The federal government remains shut down because Congressional Democrats refuse to approve border security.>> As the White House and lawmakers trade attacks, the hardship grows daily for the 800,000 federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay. On Thursday, the Boston Globe reported that former Trump economic advisor, Gary Cohn, called the shutdown, quote, completely wrong.