Melania flew to Mar-a-Lago after President Trump canceled Pelosi's government plane to Afghanistan

On Thursday evening, First Lady Melania Trump was allegedly en route to Mar-a-Lago, Florida. An official Air Force jet with a call sign that is meant for the first lady was spotted on the day.

This was the same day that President Donald Trump grounded Speaker Nancy Pelosi's government plane to Afghanistan on official government business.

On Thursday, an Air Force plane with the call sign EXEC1F was spotted by the CilMilAir Twitter account. CilMilAir is the same account that tracked President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump’s trip to Iraq.

The couple took the trip to visit the military troops after Christmas. Their visit occurred in the midst of the partial federal government shutdown.

The call sign from the jet is usually associated with a plane carrying the first lady. The US has been facing a shutdown for over 20 days because the president refuses to sign off on government spending if it won’t include $5, 7 billion for a border wall between the US and Mexico.

Democrats have dug in their heels insisting that they won’t budge on the funding. During the election campaign, Trump had promised that he would build a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants.

The president grounded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s government plane on the same day his wife was seen traveling to Mar-a-Lago. It’s believed that he canceled her trip to Afghanistan in retaliation for the letter she wrote him suggesting that he not give his State of the Union address on January 29 if the government shutdown is still happening.

“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over.”

However, the president also canceled his administration's trip to Davos, Switzerland. Although it appears that trip was only canceled after Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who was scheduled to travel with Pelosi to Afghanistan, slammed the president for canceling their trip even though his trip to Davos was still scheduled.

The House Speaker’s office said the trip to Afghanistan was to thank the troops stationed there. Pelosi had planned to stop by in Brussels for the pilot to rest.

While there, the delegation was scheduled to meet with top NATO commanders, US military leaders, and key allies to affirm the US' commitment to the NATO alliance. In a statement, Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammill also revealed that the weekend visit was not going to Egypt as the president thought.

Speaking about Trump canceling his trip to Davos, the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said:

“Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled his Delegation's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”

Pelosi’s letter, released on Wednesday, that started the cancellation of trips abroad read:

“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events by Public Law 106-544, December 19, 2000. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now – with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs.”

She added:

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.”

The White House hasn’t responded to the House Speaker’s suggestion. The letter that Pelosi received regarding the grounding of her plane read:

“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over.”

The president continued:

“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate. I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown.”

He concluded by saying: “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”

The press secretary insisted that the grounding was only because of the shutdown. She stated: “We want to keep her in Washington. If she leaves, she guarantees that the second round of paychecks to 800,000 federal workers won't go out. The deadline to make that deal is midnight on Tuesday. She wasn't scheduled to be back until Wednesday. The president wants her here to negotiate.”

Reports stated that on Wednesday night during a closed-door meeting, the president offered Pelosi $130,000 to keep quiet, this according to White House aides. Responding to the offer, the House Speaker referred again to her suggesting that Trump cancel his address: “I am asking for an hour of silence from Donald Trump, and you can’t put a price tag on that.”

She also stated that she would not accept his money offer.

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