House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s spokesperson has refuted some of what President Trump said about the trip in his letter to her.
Her spokesperson Drew Hammill said in a series of tweets that the military aircraft that was supposed fly a congressional delegation to Afghanistan this weekend, "included a required stop in Brussels for pilot rest."
"In Brussels, the delegation was scheduled to meet with top NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies–to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance," Hammill tweeted.
The trip to Afghanistan, he said, did not include a stop in Egypt. (Trump said Pelosi was headed to Egypt in his letter.)
Pelosi's spokesperson went on to said that "the purpose of the trip was to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication, & to obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines."
"The President traveled to Iraq during the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican CODEL led by Rep. (Lee) Zeldin," Hammill tweeted.